As a cross-sector, member-driven organization, East Bay EDA prioritizes core policy areas to promote the region’s economic vibrancy and success. These initiatives are directed by committees from our diverse membership.
Our initiatives are directed by the committees of Business & Employer Resources, Economic Development Directors’ Council, International Trade & Investment, Land Use & Infrastructure, and Marketing & Public Relations. Each committee is lead by a Chair and Officer Liaison.
Business & Employer Resources
The Business & Employer Resources Committee helps East Bay companies access and connect to networks and resources to help them grow and thrive in our region. The committee also provides strategic direction for East Bay EDA’s business support activities, promoting the value of data, research, and other services and tools that create shared value. The committee also effectively engages private sector executives in education and workforce development, with a focus on priority industry sectors in STEM-related fields.
Economic Development Directors’ Council
The EDD Council leads strategies that link, align, and leverage best practices for regional marketing, policy reforms, economic analysis, and professional development resources to improve the region’s business climate and expand economic opportunities throughout the East Bay. EDD Council membership includes East Bay EDA member cities, counties and unincorporated areas, as well as lead staff of our local Workforce Development Boards and Small Business Development Centers.
International Trade & Investment
The International Trade & Investment Committee identifies and promotes policies, strategies and best practices that maximize import/export opportunities for East Bay companies, assists foreign-owned companies based in the East Bay, and brings appropriate foreign investment into the region. It supports the convening of diverse parties to work collaboratively to advance issues and opportunities related to international trade, including foreign consulates, international service providers, intermediary organizations, and other entities.
Land Use & Infrastructure
The Land Use & Infrastructure Committee advances and influences the development, approval and execution of a coherent set of regional land use and transportation plans, state and federal legislation, and public and/or private projects that ensure a livable, sustainable and prosperous future for the East Bay. The committee ensures that land use and infrastructure priorities support a competitive business climate, maintain efficient transportation and goods movement systems, and contribute to a high quality of life for workers and residents.
Marketing & Public Relations
The Marketing & Public Relations Committee identifies and recommends regional marketing, communications, and public relations strategies to promote regional economic development in the East Bay. The committee is also responsible for identifying and evaluating the impact of communication tools and resources and recommends strategies to promote the value of East Bay EDA and seeks out ways to engage and recruit new members. The committee strategically provides key input for East Bay EDA communications and events, developing and pursuing opportunities for member visibility, recognition and participation.