East Bay Forward is a forthcoming regional economic assessment and guide to best position the East Bay for a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable economic recovery. Sponsorship opportunities are now available.


Join East Bay EDA on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am for our annual Fall Membership Meeting featuring the unveiling of the East Bay Forward report. This virtual meeting will be broadcast live and is open to both members and non-members. Click here to learn more.


During the Great Recession, East Bay EDA commissioned a study to highlight the assets of the East Bay and to better understand the region’s economic challenges and opportunities. The 2011 study was seminal in bringing cross-sector collaboration as well as garnering significant public and private funding to carry out specific activities identified in the report. In 2021, we are seeking ways to help support another economic recovery, but one that is far more complex. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the region’s challenges. However, the region’s post-pandemic “reset” presents an opportunity to chart a path forward built upon a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable East Bay.


East Bay Forward will be a regional economic assessment and economic resilience vision to guide economic recovery and growth over the next five to ten years centered on rebuilding an equitable, resilient, and sustainable East Bay region. The report will provide a baseline assessment of recent economic trends impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vision will also focus on business development opportunities, job creation, as well as the investment streams and initiatives, both public and private, that are needed to help the East Bay economy rebound and adapt quickly to the post-pandemic environment.

Our work is being lead by a consultant team from Strategic Economics, a senior-level Strategic Advisory Committee comprising regional economists, and other experts has been convened to inform and guide the work. A Project Team, led by our Executive Director, staff, East Bay EDA members, as well as partner representatives will be formed to guide and supervise the work of the consultant team and provide real-time feedback on recommendations and strategies for the final report.

This study will provide recommendations for business leaders, education professionals, elected officials, local government agencies and their staff, and other community leaders to better plan to meet the challenges around supporting an effective economic recovery. The objectives of this study are to provide informed and data-driven guidance that will:

  • Maximize the East Bay’s role within the greater Bay Area economy while providing the greatest benefit
    to each of the diverse sub-regions of the East Bay;
  • Evaluate the region’s capacity for supporting growth across three key issue areas: business climate,
    infrastructure and workforce development;
  • Provide for maximum resilience against future economic shocks while protecting public health; and
  • Ensure economic recovery will reduce disparities in income and race.


East Bay EDA has driven public-private collaboration by publishing original research and reports on the East Bay economy. Your investment will support data-driven insights and recovery strategies for leading the East Bay forward. The sponsorship package represents a sample of the benefits East Bay EDA is able to provide. If you’re interested in a custom sponsorship package or have questions, please contact us.