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Economic Impact

Your Port. Your Economic Interests.

Leveling the Playing Field.

Creating a level playing field for economic opportunities is the right thing to do. The Port stepped up to this challenge when we created our Social Responsibility Division (SRD) in 2002. It facilitates inclusion, fairness, equity, and access. SRD’s advocacy ensures that small, local businesses, emerging firms and hard-working residents, have access to opportunities in Port projects.

The skills learned on these worksites give those firms and their employees an advantage when bidding on future contracts and seeking employment. As they build capacity, they generate more local jobs and training opportunities. It’s a win-win for the community and a game-changer for young people who need work experience for a brighter future.

Amy Tharpe
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Director of Social Responsibility
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Port of Oakland launches 2018 Summer College Internship Program
February 5th, 2018
Oakland, Calif. – February 5, 2018: The Port of Oakland is recruiting for its 2018 Summer College Internship Program. Through a competitive process, students apply for paid internships in a... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland launches year in review web portal
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Port of Oakland to freight haulers: There's money to clear the air
January 12th, 2018
Oakland, Calif. – January 12, 2018:  Port of Oakland officials are making an 11th hour financial pitch to freight haulers this month.  Their message: the state of California has millions of dollars available... READ MORE
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