Cheers to Alameda: Top Business News Stories of 2015

Cost Plus and Heliotrope Move to Marina Village

Sila Nanotechnologies Named Innovation Award Finalist by East Bay EDA

Working Waterfront Celebrates Success

Job Fair Connects Local Employers to Alameda Workforce

In the Press

East Bay EDA Innovation Awards  - 2.25.16
East Bay EDA will honor businesses from the Bay Area, including Alameda’s Sila Nanotechnologies, that have made significant contributions to their field and that push the boundaries of possibility. Awards ceremony will be held at the Fox Theater in Oakland. See nominees here.

Youth Career and Job Fair- 3.18.16
Does your business want to help youth build career pathways by offering summer internships? Sign up to participate in the career and job fair, set to take place from 3 – 5 pm at Encinal High School (210 Central Ave, Alameda). If interested, contact Eric Fonstein at (510) 747-6895.

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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, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 120.

Cheers to Alameda: Top Business News Stories of 2015

As the year draws to an end, we have much to celebrate and many achievements to be proud of.  We would like to thank all of you for your continued support and wish you a healthy and prosperous 2016!


Highlights of some of the most significant business developments that have occurred in Alameda during the past year include: 

  • New development at Alameda Point. In an historic June vote, the Alameda City Council unanimously approved a 68-acre mixed use development (referred to as “Site A”) at Alameda Point.  This will be the first major development to take place on the former Naval Air Station since the closure of the base in 1997.

  • New retail investment on Webster Street. The locally cherished and widely popular Pagano’s Hardware moved into an 8,000 square foot space to anchor the southern end of Webster Street.  At the other end of Webster, by the College of Alameda, Peet’s Coffee & Tea is investing $850K to remodel a former Burger King into a new store with an outdoor patio.  Peet’s is expected to open within the next month.

  • Cost Plus moving Headquarters to Alameda. Cost Plus World Market is moving its corporate headquarters to Marina Village Business Park, occupying two buildings for a total of 107,000 sq. ft.  Cost Plus expects to complete its move by late 2016.


  • Natel Energy scales up production, expands into 65,000 sq. ft. hangar at Alameda PointNatel Energy, a clean tech company founded in Alameda in 2009, entered into a 10-year lease with the City to support future growth.  It plans to invest $10 million in the facility over the next five years, hiring an estimated 150 to 200 people.

  • Spirits Alley named finalist for Sunset Magazine Travel Award. In its first-ever Travel Awards contest, Sunset magazine recognized the cluster of acclaimed distilleries and tasting rooms as one of the top destinations in the western United States.  

  • Penumbra raised $120 million in its September IPOAccording to the San Jose Business Journal, the medical device company, located at the Harbor Bay Business Park, finished the day valued at more than $1.2 billion, the latest "unicorn" to be born in the region.

The stories speak to what the community already knows, that Alameda is a one-of-a-kind location to live, work, and play. With the development of Alameda Point and other large projects already in the works for 2016, Alameda has much to look forward to.

If you are considering Alameda for your business location or expansion, Economic Development staff is here to help every step of the way, and can be reached at (510) 747-6890 or To stay up-to-date on Alameda’s business news year-round, subscribe to this newsletter and follow us on Twitter at @AlamaedBusiness

Cost Plus and Heliotrope Move to Marina Village

The City is pleased to announce Cost Plus World Market recently signed a long-term lease to move its corporate headquarters from Jack London Square in Oakland, to Marina Village Business Park.  Cost Plus World Market will occupy two buildings at 1201 and 1151 Marina Village Parkway, for a total of 107,000 square feet.  Cost Plus expects to complete its move by late 2016. 

Also at Marina Village, Heliotrope Technologies recently signed a lease to move into 850 Atlantic Avenue (23,000 square feet of office and R&D space).  Heliotrope is a clean tech start-up company, that uses smart window technologies developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Heliotrope’s window coating significantly increases the energy efficiency of buildings by controlling light and heat. 

During this past year, Brookfield Property Partners, the owner of Marina Village, has invested in new amenities at the business park, such as installing an on-site gym facility, new landscaping and outdoor eating areas, operating a free BART shuttle service, and providing once-a-week food truck options.  During the last 18 months, Marina Village has gone from 50% to 83% occupancy, with 350,000 square feet of new leases.

Sila Nanotechnologies Named Innovation Award Finalist 

The nominations are in for East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s (East Bay EDA) 2016 Innovation Awards, and once again, an Alameda business has made the cut. Sila Nanotechnologies is a developer and manufacturer of materials that make lithium-ion batteries lighter, smaller, and less expensive. The revolutionary company has been nominated in the category of Engineering and Design, for which fellow Alameda-based company, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), received the award in 2015. This is the fourth straight year since the Awards program started in 2012, that an Alameda-based company has been selected as finalist.  Four Alameda companies have won past Innovation Awards, including St. George Spirits, Penumbra, DOER, and Abbott Diabetes Care.  Three additional Alameda companies have been honored as finalists, including Natel Energy, Perforce Software, and Singulex.  City elected officials will be present on awards night, Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Fox Theater in Oakland, to cheer on our nominee. Best of luck to Sila Nanotechnologies. Thank you for choosing Alameda and for keeping the City on the cutting edge. 

Working Waterfront Celebrates Success

The College of Alameda and Bay Ship and Yacht recently celebrated the graduation of the inaugural class for their collaborative Maritime Painting Program (MPP). The MPP provides students with classroom knowledge through College of Alameda, as well as hands-on experience at Bay Ship and Yacht, to prepare them for positions in the specialty field of maritime painting. Bay Ship and Yacht also provide preferential hiring opportunities to program graduates. The graduation ceremony took place on December 11, where Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer was among those who addressed the class, which achieved a phenomenal 100% pass rate. Currently, 40% of program graduates have been hired by Bay Ship and Yacht, with the remaining 60% awaiting interviews or completion of onboarding. This 4-week program is not only short, but also highly affordable at only $112. The next cycle of classes will begin February 8. If you are interested in learning more about the program and upcoming orientations, click here or call the College of Alameda at (510) 748-2318. If you have specialized training needs for your business, please contact Eric Fonstein at (510) 747-6895 or

Job Fair Connects Local Employers to Alameda Workforce

More than 300 job seekers turned out for a job fair at South Shore Center on October 14. The job fair was made possible through a team effort by the City of Alameda, South Shore and Alameda Landing shopping centers, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board. Major employers Target, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, and Bed Bath & Beyond, were among the 22 participating businesses looking to fill upwards of 200 seasonal and permanent positions. The City is dedicated to connecting local employers to Alameda’s workforce, with this being the second annual job fair initiated by the City. The City will also be holding its second Youth Employment Fair in March of 2016 (more details to come in the February edition of Business News from the Island). If you are interested in participating in future job fairs, please contact Eric Fonstein at (510) 747-6895. 

In the Press

Amber Kinetics awarded 20-year contract with PG&E for one of the largest energy storage plants in U.S.

Human primary cell provider AllCells to launch clinical grade products

Pacific Pinball Museum offers addictive fun for all

Design Review underway for first proposed building at Alameda Point’s Site A

Alameda home to only Lithuanian Bakery on West Coast

Alameda locals turn passion into business with Alameda Fruit Co.

USS Hornet hires first female Executive Director

Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen will reduce food waste and feed those in need

Commercial rentals predicted to rise in Alameda

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