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2021 Spring Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Renowned chef Martin Yan will kick off East Bay EDA’s annual Spring Membership Meeting featuring innovative Bay Area food companies including Impossible Foods, Kite Hill and Prime Roots! Join us to learn more about our region’s deep history leading food movements and some of the latest innovations that are creating a more resilient and sustainable food ecosystem! This event is open to both members and non-members.

2021 Speaker Series: The New Normal

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join East Bay EDA for The New Normal, a speaker series webinar exploring public health during pandemic recovery and the implications for economic development. We’re pleased to welcome panelists from organizations that have played a pivotal role in the East Bay’s recovery process, including Alameda Health Consortium, La Familia Counseling Center, LifeLong Medical Care and more! This event is open to both members and non-members.

State of the Economy

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join East Bay EDA and the International Association of Contra Costa County for State of the Economy, a special presentation on economic impacts, resiliency, and recovery in a post COVID-19 world. We are excited to feature Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics. This webinar is open to both members and non-members. Make sure to submit your questions for the presenter in the registration form.

2021 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The nomination period for the 2021 East Bay Innovation Awards virtual ceremony is now open! Please take a moment to nominate companies, organizations and individuals that should be recognized for their innovative work in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The nomination period will close on Friday, May 28 at 5:00 PM. The 9th annual East Bay Innovation Awards virtual ceremony will be broadcast live on October 14.


2021 Speaker Series: Port Economics

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining East Bay EDA and the Port of Oakland for Port Economics, a speaker series event highlighting the impact of the Port on the East Bay and Northern California economy. Many thanks to our great panelists from GSC Logistics, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Aviation and Maritime Port Directors, and moderator Danny Wan, Executive Director, Port of Oakland. 

2021 Speaker Series: Meet the Innovators

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021 | Watch the Recording

The East Bay is one of the world’s most vibrant economies and fastest growing regions. Meet the Innovators is our discussion on what drives innovation in the East Bay and how companies and organizations have remained adaptive and resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this informative webinar featuring an East Bay Innovation Awards alumni panelists from Saildrone, PilotCity, Sigray, and Mizuho OSI.

2021 Speaker Series: Biomedical Manufacturing & Public Health

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for participating in Biomedical Manufacturing & Public Health, a webinar on new product development, workforce development, and industrial safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program was presented in partnership with CMTC – California’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center and funded by the CARES Act Stimulus Package 2020.  Watch and share the recording.

2021 Speaker Series: Urban Reuse & Adaptation

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 | Watch the Recording

Thanks to all who joined us for Urban Reuse & Adaptation, our webinar exploring strategies and best practices for adaptive reuse of historic buildings and spaces. We would like to thank our panelists from ForgeHolland & KnightsrmErnst Development Partners, and our moderator Jordan Klein with the City of Berkeley. Special thanks to our presenting partner, Urban Land Institute SF. Please watch and share the recording!

2020 Speaker Series: Beyond the Gig Economy

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 | Watch the Recording

Thank you for joining us for Beyond the Gig Economy, our webinar exploring alternative models and marketplaces for the flexible workforce. If you missed it, you can still watch and share the video recording. Special thanks to our speaker Wingham Rowan of Beyond Jobs for an informative discussion on irregular work, a demo of the CalFLEXI pilot, and potential for expansion and replication in markets such as the East Bay. 

2020 East Bay Innovation Awards

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 | Watch the Recording

Thanks for joining us for the 8th annual East Bay Innovation Awards, where we announced the awardees across ten different categories and conferred the Legacy Award to the Port of Oakland. We hope the event provided a boost of energy and optimism about the resilience of our region during these challenging times. More details about our 2020 awardees and finalists appears in the online and print editions of the San Francisco Business Times.

2020 Speaker Series: Made in the East Bay

Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for joining us for Made in the East Bay, a 2020 Speaker Series webinar exploring the East Bay manufacturing landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to our host Dr. Michael Shabaka of Manex and panelists from Mawi DNA Technologies, Unigen Corporation, Ramar Foods, and Bay Area Circuits. This program was presented in partnership with Manex.

2020 Speaker Series: Return to the Green

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thanks to all who joined us for Return to the Green, a webinar exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the professional and college sports world. We hosted a thought-provoking discussion with our panelists, including Taj Tashombe of the Oakland Athletics, Jennifer Simon-O’Neill of Cal Athletics, and Coach John Beam of Laney College, who was recently featured in Season 5 of Last Chance U on Netflix. Please take a moment to watch the video recording!

2020 Speaker Series: Workplace Reimagined

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for participating in Workplace Reimagined, a webinar exploring the built environment and employee safety during a pandemic and beyond. Craig Rice, AIA, LEED AP, and Carissa Mylin, IIDA of SERA Architects gave a special presentation on the changing landscape of work environments and best practices from the industry. Huge thanks to Megan Lehtonen of OSIsoft for moderating our Q&A session. Download your copy of the presentation.

2020 Speaker Series: Restaurant Relaunch

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you for joining us for Restaurant Relaunch, our Speaker Series webinar. Jay Coldren and Alex Barrow from Streetsense delivered an engaging presentation and Q & A session on restaurant and bar reopening during COVID-19. The event provided a platform to learn more about industry best practices and challenges during these times. Visit Streetsense to download a copy of the Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit. An updated version of the toolkit will be availble on June 26.

2020 Spring Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | Watch Video Recording

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the online presentation of our annual Spring Membership Meeting and the unveiling of the 2020-2021 East Bay Economic Outlook Report. This year’s event, “The Building Blocks to Recovery” featured a presentation by Dr. Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics. We were also joined by Danny Wan, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland. Download a copy of the presentation slides for a limited time.


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