Alameda Start-Up Wins World Cup Tech Challenge

City Thanks Brokers at 4th Annual Reception

Management Analyst Rounds Out Economic Development Team

New Life Planned for Vacant Lot on Webster

Eatery Options Expanding at Alameda Landing

Celebrate the Red White and Blue in Alameda

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50th Anniversary Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest – 6.11.16
Bring your shovel, pail and creativity, or simply stop by and view others’ works of art. The contest runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crown Memorial State Beach. Get the full details by clicking here.

Famous Dave’s BBQ Ribbon Cutting – 6.14.16
Join the Chamber of Commerce at 10:30 a.m. as they welcome Famous Dave’s BBQ to Alameda Landing. Ceremony will be held at 2690 5th Street, Suite J. Details are listed here.

Alameda Island Jam – 6.18.16 – 6.19.16
Spend Father’s Day weekend jamming to live music and enjoying food, rides, games and more on historic Webster Street in Alameda.  Festivities will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a schedule of live music and more information, visit

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade – 7.4.16
Join thousands of spectators in experiencing one of the nation’s longest and largest Independence Day parades, beginning at 10 a.m. downtown at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Get all the information you need at

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – 7.30.16 – 7.31.16
Summer fun on the Island continues with a weekend-long celebration featuring food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, live music and a special kids’ zone. The Faire will take place on Park Street between Encinal and Buena Vista Avenues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See the schedule and details here:  



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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 Avenue, Suite 120.

Alameda Start-Up Wins World Cup Tech Challenge

Alameda-based Magnetic Insight, Inc. has taken the award in the category of BioTech for Silicon Valley Forum’s 2016 World Cup Tech Challenge, an annual global pitch event held at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View.  On June 4th, 23 finalists (selected from a pool of 150 entrants) from 13 countries competed to win the Cup in six different categories:  Augmented/Virtual Reality, AI/Robotics, FinTech, Internet of Things, Biotech and Agritech. At the competition, Magnetic Insight’s President and CEO, Anna Christensen, introduced to the audience of entrepreneurs and investors the first new diagnostic imaging technique in 30 years.  Magnetic Insight uses magnetic particle imaging (MPI) of iron oxide nanoparticles to provide faster, safer and more quantitative and accurate detection of cells, blood flow and targeted biological events.  In contrast to CT, MRI, or PET technologies, MPI does not use radiation or toxins (for more details, click here). The company is currently collaborating with the Stanford School of Medicine to use MPI in cell therapy and vascular imaging, with Phase I clinical trials involving people expected to start within three years. 

During a visit by City staff to Magnetic Insight’s office, located at
Marina Village Business Park, Christensen touted Alameda as a great place for the company due to the City’s ability to supply ample electricity, as well as the high quality work/life balance the location provides her and her staff. “Alameda is not the sort of concrete jungle that other tech areas can be,” explained Christensen, elaborating on the great restaurants, schools and availability of public transport for employees. This growing company will be one to keep an eye on, as they plan to double their staff within the next year. Thank you, Magnetic Insight, for choosing Alameda.

City Thanks Brokers at 4th Annual Reception

Alameda knows that major business attraction, retention and investment is not by chance, which is why the City held its 4th Annual Commercial Broker and Owners’ Reception on May 10th.  The event, hosted by Faction Brewing at Spirits Alley, gave the City—including elected officials, Planning Board members, and the City Manager—the opportunity to personally thank the folks who have helped bring and keep high-quality businesses in Alameda.  City staff has worked closely with many of the brokers in attendance to facilitate the approvals for their projects, including tenant improvements and new construction.  Cheers to a successful year!

During the last year, many top quality companies have decided to either move or expand in Alameda: 
Cost Plus announced that it is moving its corporate headquarters into two buildings at Marina Village Business Park; Natel Energy, a clean tech firm, is scaling up production and expanding its facilities by 65,000 square feet; and VF Outdoor (North Face) has finished construction of its fifth building, a 55,000 square foot innovation lab, at its Alameda corporate campus. 

At the event, the City also showcased some major commercial and development opportunities throughout the City, including Alameda Point.  A 68-acre section of the former Naval Air Station is moving through design review, with construction of 14 buildings to begin in Spring of 2017.  An adjacent 82-acre waterfront development site referred to as the Enterprise District has fully entitled parcels for commercial users and developers.  


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Management Analyst Rounds Out Economic Development Team

Please join the City of Alameda in welcoming the newest member of its Economic Development team, Amanda Gehrke. Prior to joining the City, Amanda worked for eight years at Strategic Economics, an urban economic consulting firm. In this position she worked with public agencies and communities across the country to understand and achieve their goals for economic development and growth. As an Alameda resident, she is excited about the opportunity to work closely with businesses and residents in her own community. One of Amanda’s ongoing projects will be management of the City’s Façade Grant Program, which offers matching grants to business and property owners for façade improvements. If you have any questions about this program, or would just like to introduce yourself, you can email Amanda at, or call (510) 747-6896.

New Life Planned for Vacant Lot on Webster
On May 3, the City Council approved plans to transform the long-unutilized vacant parking lot at 1435 Webster Street into a three-story, mixed-use development.  Nine residential units (including two affordable units) and 4,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space facing Webster Street are planned for the project. The development realizes the Webster Street Vision (2010) for the “Taylor Lot,” which highlighted it as the “best new infill opportunity” in the district. In addition to bringing new business and housing to the West End, developer Dannan Development will take advantage of Webster Street’s position as a major transit corridor for Alameda, encouraging alternative transportation options for residents and employees by providing annual AC Transit passes.
Eatery Options Expanding at Alameda Landing

Shoppers and residents at Alameda Landing will soon have a new dining option, Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant, set to open on June 28. The 6,500 square foot restaurant will be the third location for owner Stan Le, whose current locations include Brentwood and Stockton, California. With the new location comes the need for new hires. Le will soon be looking to hire nearly 70 employees to get operations up and running. Mr. Le has been in business more than ten years, providing a unique, hibachi-style dining experience where patrons can watch as a chef prepares their meals before their eyes.  Shirasoni cuisine includes a variety of teppanyaki dishes and a large selection of sushi rolls. Other dining establishments coming soon to Alameda Landing include Famous Dave’s BBQ, ShareTea and Tava Indian Kitchen. Be sure to frequent Alameda’s online dining guide for updated information on restaurants throughout the city.

Celebrate the Red White and Blue in Alameda

One of the longest and largest Independence Day parades in the nation, the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade, will kick off its 3.3 mile route at 10:00 a.m. on the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue.  An estimated 20,000 spectators flock to Alameda each year to witness more than 170 floats and 2,500 parade participants as they march, trot and roll through the city’s streets.  Come out early to claim your spot for the parade and cheer on runners of the Alameda R.A.C.E., a 5K charity run (or walk) supporting Midway Shelter for women and children survivors of domestic abuse. The R.A.C.E. will commence at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Bank of Marin at 1417 Park Street and will follow the parade route. For more information on the parade, visit For more details or to register for the R.A.C.E., go to

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In the Press

Ole’s Waffle Shop makes top 5 Bay Area waffles list

Family-owned athletic club marks anniversary of CrossFit Kids program

Alameda Municipal Power receives national top ten ranking for green power programs

Hangar 1 distilling Bay Area fog-based vodka

BioTime to present at Tel-Aviv and Texas conferences

Black Pug Café and Roastery opens on High Street

Rock Wall and Faction make top East Bay spots for parents to imbibe

New ferry terminal proposed for Seaplane Lagoon

Alameda Women Artists accepting applicants for award

Redevelopment nearing groundbreaking at Alameda Point

Alameda museums entertain and inform

Makers movement strong in Alameda

Historic newsstand remains an Alameda staple

Theatre continues popular Warriors viewing parties

City launches Façade Grant Program


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