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Alameda Landing Takes Home National Award

"Phase 0" Plans Stir Up Excitement at Alameda Point

Waterfront Hotel Coming to Harbor Bay Business Park

Oakland Raiders State-of-the-Art Training Facility Opens

Starting a Business? #ChooseAlameda

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Retail Job Fair at  - 10.14.15
More than 20 employers from South Shore and Alameda Landing shopping centers will be hiring for 200+ seasonal, part-time, full-time, and permanent positions. The fair will be located at the South Shore Center and take place from 10 am to 3 pm. Full details can be found at jobfair-ssc.eventbrite.com

Presentation: A Legacy of Enterprise & Innovation - 11.5.15
Join local historian, Woody Minor, at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall (2263 Santa Clara Ave) for a unique and entertaining presentation on the history of Alameda’s industrial development spanning the late 19th through mid-20th centuries. No registration necessary. 
NEW VISITOR'S GUIDES ARE HERE!
City of Alameda's latest Visitor's Guides are in. To view online, click here. Hard copies can be picked up at the Community Development Department in Room 120 of City Hall (2263 Santa Clara Ave). If you would like hard copies sent to your business or organization, please contact Catherine Bernal at cbernal@alamedaca.gov or (510) 747-6893. 
CHOOSE ALAMEDA

We're Here to Help

If you are a business, property owner, or broker interested in doing business in Alameda, or an existing business here, our Economic Development Division staff of dedicated professionals are here to assist you over the full life-cycle of establishing or operating your business in Alameda, from site selection to ribbon cutting.  Please give us a call at (510) 747-6890, e-mail econdev@alamedaca.gov, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 120.

 
Alameda Landing Takes Home National Award

On September 3rd, City staff attended the national Brownfields 2015 Conference in Chicago to accept the Phoenix Award for excellence in brownfield* development for the Alameda Landing project. Alameda Landing, located on former U.S. Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center property, was selected as the winner for Region IX of the federal Environmental Protection Agency –a region spanning Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands.


The City of Alameda has worked diligently over the past 14 years with Catellus Development Corporation, as well as state and federal agencies, to generate and implement a phased development strategy for the project, which includes the build out of: the 285,000 square foot Alameda Landing Shopping Center (complete); 237 market-rate housing units (in progress); 48 affordable housing units (in progress); and 4.8 acres of open space.

The Phoenix Award Committee honored Alameda Landing as a project that “brought together strong leadership and coordination among parties to create a flourishing community asset with high-quality retail, dining, commercial, open space and new living spaces where all can live and thrive.” Alameda Landing exemplifies the spirit of the award by beautifying a once derelict Navy property and transforming it into a significant community asset, estimated to generate over $600,000 in annual sales tax revenue for the City, in addition to property tax and utility user tax revenues.

*Brownfield refers to any former commercial or industrial site with environmental contamination that poses a significant financial barrier to repurposing the land.

"Phase 0" Plans Stir Up Excitement at Alameda Point

Activities are already underway at Alameda Point after the approval of the Phase 0” Activities Plan by the City Council on September 15th. This approval follows the execution of a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) for Site A (a 68-acre site) with developer Alameda Point Partners (APP) in July of this year. Development at Site A will be mixed-use, and will include 150,000 square feet of retail space. However, the time between the DDA’s approval and the completion of construction of permanent new retail amenities creates a fantastic opportunity for creative, inclusive, and welcoming temporary events throughout Alameda Point. These events are referred to as Phase 0, and will be utilized by APP to attract visitors by offering a range of ways for locals and visitors to experience and explore Site A. The Phase 0 activities aim to generate a buzz about the development, create a platform for authentic retail growth, and activate the site as a destination spot.  

APP plans for Phase 0 emphasize partnerships with local businesses. The Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch is the inaugural Phase 0 event on the activities calendar, and is open now through October 31st. An Antiques Faire After Party featuring a variety of food trucks and live entertainment concluded its first run on October 4th, and will resume in April 2016, concurrent with the highly attended monthly Antiques Faires. APP has also put together a Tinkering School Day Camp that will offer day-long courses in both the Spring and Fall, teaching kids problem-solving skills in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Activities will slow (but not stop) during the colder months of 2015, and pick up steam again in spring of 2016. Other planned events include an outdoor movie series, an Alameda Point Open House allowing visitors unique access to the Point’s existing businesses, and much more. For updates on Phase 0 and information about Alameda Point, follow @AlamedaNAS on Twitter, or email AlamedaPoint@alamedaca.gov and ask to be added to the mailing list. 

Waterfront Hotel Coming to Harbor Bay Business Park

City Council approved the development of a 100-room waterfront hotel at Harbor Bay Business Park on September 1st. The Marriott Fairfield Inn will be located on the vacant parcel at 2350 Harbor Bay Parkway, bordered by the San Francisco Bay, and Shoreline Park to its east and west. The short-duration stay hotel will be a welcomed addition for Harbor Bay Business Park, as there is a desire by a number of tenants for corporate meeting space and additional hotel rooms to be provided in the immediate area.

The need for this type of development is ever-increasing with the expansion of current businesses and construction of new business facilities at Harbor Bay. Presently, Alameda also lacks adequate facilities to house business-related conferences and events, despite growth of high-tech service sector businesses in the City. The two conference rooms planned for the waterfront hotel will address some of this need, while the hotel overall will further the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan by offering facilities that support business and tourism travel. Outfitted with an indoor pool, gym, bar, and other amenities, the hotel is estimated to bring in $500,000 in Transient Occupancy Tax to the City’s General Fund annually.

Oakland Raiders State-of-the-Art Training Facility Opens

Oakland Raiders unveiled a new training facility at its headquarters in Harbor Bay Business Park in August.  The 18,000-square-foot facility features high tech equipment, a Gatorade bar, and other amenities considered to be state-of-the-art by professional sports standards.  The new facility is part of a comprehensive upgrade of the Raiders training campus, which includes new training fields, drainage system, and maintenance building replacement.  The upgrades were made possible through Alameda At Your Service, a Community Development Department program focused on permit expediting for businesses.  The entire permitting process – from initial design and planning through construction plan check and permit issuance – took approximately 45 days.  “The City responded quickly to our needs and that made it possible for us to complete this project in less than four months,” said Cheryl Nichols, Senior Vice President - Administration, Facilities, and Ownership for the Oakland Raiders.  For more information about Alameda At Your Service, contact Allen Tai, Planning Services Manager at atai@alamedaca.gov or (510) 747-6888. 

Starting a Business? #ChooseAlameda

With lower operating costs, a centralized location, and a flourishing community of innovative businesses, Alameda remains one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to doing business in the Bay Area. But we are spreading the word. Watch the new video above, touting Alameda’s business advantages. Hear from Mayor Hererra Spencer, local business owners and others representatives about why you should #ChooseAlameda

In the Press

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Raiders build new high-quality training facility

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