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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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Thumbnail of Port of Oakland says hundreds of new jobs are on the way
Port of Oakland says hundreds of new jobs are on the way
March 21st, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 21, 2017: Industrial development will soon create hundreds of new jobs at the Port of Oakland.  The challenge: finding enough skilled workers to fill them.  That... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Bacon & Beer Festival meets Jack of All Trades fair at Jack London Square
Bacon & Beer Festival meets Jack of All Trades fair at Jack London Square
March 9th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 9, 2017:  The 4th annual Bacon & Beer Festival returns to Jack London Square this Saturday along with the monthly Jack of All Trades fair. Celebrating nostalgic... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Port of Oakland asks middle school's help with messy problem
Port of Oakland asks middle school's help with messy problem
March 7th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 7, 2017: A dozen of this city’s female middle schoolers visit the Port of Oakland tomorrow to learn.  A month later, they’ll be back – this... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Port of Oakland signs Blue & Gold Fleet for free harbor tours
Port of Oakland signs Blue & Gold Fleet for free harbor tours
March 3rd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 3, 2017:  Free Port of Oakland harbor tours will return in May with a new vessel operator.  The Port today announced an agreement with San Francisco-based... READ MORE