Oakland, California – At its annual membership meeting on October 18, 2023, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) unveiled Resilient East Bay, a website designed as a resource to support the region’s key innovation industries: biomedical, clean tech, electronics, food and beverage, and transportation, which spans across 3,500 businesses, 150,000 jobs, and contributed over $40.7 billion in GRP in 2022. The website will serve a broad range of stakeholders, such as manufacturers, public agencies, industry associations, and others interested in this work.
Key features of the evergreen website include industry profiles and recommendations to support the East Bay’s innovation ecosystem, an industrial land use toolkit to assist businesses in all stages of the industrial life cycle, searchable resource directory for manufacturers, an interactive industry map, related publications and research, and events and newsroom.
Funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and with the support of several partner organizations, the Resilient East Bay initiative seeks to enhance connectivity and advance partnerships between business, and education, government, and others to ensure that our manufacturing ecosystem receive ongoing investment and support. It is a cross-sector initiative supported by civic and industry leaders who bring expertise, networks, and resources to ensure our region remains dynamic and responsive to industry needs and technological advances.
According to Stephen Baiter, East Bay EDA’s Executive Director, “Manufacturing has been one of the bright spots in the East Bay economy, with the largest growth rate of all major industry sectors in the region over the past four years. The convergence of advanced technologies, big data, and legacy manufacturing are driving the creation of new companies – and even new industries – here in the East Bay. Understanding the assets and conditions that have propelled this growth and success are critical to ensuring that the East Bay is positioned to support their continued resilience and sustainability.”