Cheers to the New Year!

Get to Know Concreteworks

Saildrone is East Bay Innovation Award Finalist!

I Am Alameda Photo Project

March 2017 Youth Career Fair: Call for Employers

In the Press

The Little Ice Rink
At South Shore Shopping Center
Open 7 days a week through January 8th.
Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Alameda Chamber December Evening Mixer
Wednesday, December 14th

The Lodge, 801 Island Drive
Free entry for chamber members, $10.00 for future members and guests
For more info, contact Mark Sorensen at (510) 522-0414

Santa Visits Alameda Homes
Saturday & Sunday, December 17th & 18th

Space is limited and sign-ups are taken on a first-come, first-served basis
For more info, contact the Alameda Recreation and Park Department at (510) 747-7529 or email

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, or stop by and talk with us.  We are located at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Suite 120.
Cheers to the New Year!
As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on our accomplishments for 2016. Within the last year, the Economic Development Division has shepherded well over 300,000 square feet of new business and business expansion activities. We look forward to continuing to support local business development and building on these accomplishments. Cheers to a healthy and prosperous new year!
  • Façade Grant Program Relaunch
    We awarded $154,500 in grants to 25 small business and property owners through the City’s Façade Grant program, which returned in 2016, after a five-year hiatus. The program provides matching grants to fund storefront improvements, including new paint, signs, awnings, and larger architectural improvements. It is estimated that the Façade Grant funding awarded in 2016 will leverage an additional $250,000 in private investment in Alameda’s retail districts. This translates into a 162% return on investment for City funds.

  • Brookfield’s Marina Village Business Park is nearly 100% leased
    There is only one R&D/flex building remaining to lease at Marina Village Business Park and o
    ffice space is 100% leased. What a difference a year makes -- at the beginning of the year Marina Village was 83% leased. Three years ago the business park was only 50% leased.

    A key new tenant in 2016 was Cost Plus World Market who moved its headquarters from Oakland to Alameda, bringing approximately 400 jobs to the island city last spring. The move allowed the retailer to consolidate corporate operations into a central 107,000 square foot location.  Alameda was attractive to the company because of its proximity to Oakland and San Francisco, its ample space and the fact that the business park provides a free shuttle to and from the Oakland 12th Street BART Station.
  • Economic Development Strategic Plan
    The City hired Strategic Economics and MIG, Inc. to develop a plan that will support Alameda’s continued economic prosperity. The first comprehensive review since 1999, the new plan will focus on actions targeting specific industries that will drive Alameda’s economic growth over the next five to ten years, as well as strengthen the City’s retail districts and visitor attractions. Ongoing community involvement includes public hearings, two workshops and an online survey. 

  • Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Panel
    In April, City Council confirmed the Mayor’s nominees for the newly created Mayor's Economic Development Advisory Panel. The Panel is composed of nine high-level Alameda business executives and one ex-officio member. The Panel studies key economic development issues and policies and advises City Council and staff. The EDAP works directly with business leaders and CEOs of major companies as ambassadors of Alameda for retention/expansion and recruitment of new companies. 

  • Federal Drug Administration Stays Local
    Alameda was successful in its quest to retain the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Laboratory in Harbor Bay for another 20 years. The Federal government was looking at two locations for this facility: one near its current location in Harbor Bay and another site located out of state. The FDA will be expanding into approximately 66,000 square feet of office and lab space in Alameda in early 2018.
  • #loveourisland Campaign
    This year the City launched #loveourisland, a new campaign with partners including the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, to recognize all the exciting, positive, and inspiring things that are happening here in Alameda. Alamedans have been highlighting what they love most about the island, from dining and schools to businesses and parks. To learn more about the campaign, please visit or like us on Facebook at
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Get to Know Concreteworks 
Alameda-based Concreteworks brings the world's oldest building material into the future. Concreteworks specializes in cutting-edge design and fabrication of high-end artisanal countertops, furniture, tubs, planters, and other architectural elements made from concrete. Their concrete material, which is a third lighter than typical concrete products, has revolutionized the casting and design process. In addition to being trailblazers in their field, Concreteworks is dedicated to using sustainable materials and they recycle all of the water used during the fabrication process. Their clientele includes hotels & resorts (Grand Hyatt, San Francisco), restaurants, corporate headquarters (Twitter, Viacom), and international clients in Dubai, France, Canada, and Colombia. Concreteworks is currently designing four custom tree planters and benches for SFO International Terminal. We’re excited to hear that they recently invested over $200,000 in improvements to their industrial warehouse and will be growing their employee base over the next year.

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Saildrone is East Bay Innovation Award Finalist!
Alameda’s own Saildrone, Inc. is an Engineering & Design Finalist for the East Bay Innovation Awards, sponsored by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. Saildrone designs and manufactures wind- and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible. In 2013, Saildrone set a world record for an autonomous sailboat completing a 34-day journey from San Francisco to Kaneohe, Hawaii.  The 2017 Innovation Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Oakland Fox Theater on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The selection of Saildrone as a finalist continues a strong tradition for the City of Alameda as a location for innovative leaders.  Since the Awards began five years ago, the City of Alameda has had nine finalist businesses, five of whom have won an innovation award. 

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I Am Alameda Photo Project
Alameda is a beautiful place to live and work. The City is celebrating the island’s diversity by showcasing photographs of Alameda residents and workers. Please join us in participating in the I Am Alameda photo project.

December 5-22: Send in your photos
January 4: Online gallery is live
January date tbd: Public exhibit of photographs

There are three easy ways to submit your photograph:

1. Email your photograph to
2.  Add your photograph to this Dropbox folder and be sure to include your email address 
3. Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #loveourisland

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March 2017 Youth Career Fair: Call for Employers
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the City and the Alameda Unified School District are partnering to host the third annual Youth Career Pathways Fair at the Encinal High School Gym.  We are seeking employers offering summer internship opportunities and/or entry level positions for Alameda high school students.  Employers who are unable to hire a student are encouraged to sponsor a summer job.  For more information, contact Eric Fonstein, Development Manager, at (510) 747-6895 or email

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In the Press

A Modern Guide to Alameda: A Small Island on the Path to Revitalization
Pfizer Backs and Nabs an Option to Buy Newly Launched Alameda Startup IGNITE Immunotherapy
Alameda: Get a Rebate on Your LED Christmas Lights
Alameda International Film Festival Includes U.S., World Premieres
Alameda Point Park Design Up for Review
City Breathes Life Into Bldg. 8
Flight Of Fancy: See Hangar 1's Refurbished Distillery In All Its Rustic-Vintage Glory
Breakwater Beach Upgrades Coming
Electric Garbage Trucks? Wrightspeed Delivers
Velodyne Labs Plans to Relocate to Alameda
Groundbreaking at Historic Del Monte Warehouse
Saildrone in the News

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