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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's landmark deal for ex-Army Base gets first OK
Port of Oakland's landmark deal for ex-Army Base gets first OK
November 10th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. - November 10, 2017: A long-held vision to revitalize this city’s decommissioned Army base is nearer reality at the Port of Oakland.  Port Commissioners have given initial approval to... READ MORE
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Jack London Square hosts Bay Area Black Music Association Jazz Festival
November 8th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – November 8, 2017: Jack London Square welcomes the Bay Area Black Music Association Jazz Festival this Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. The event is free and... READ MORE
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Jack London Square invites public for festive, pre-holiday shopping
November 2nd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – November 2, 2017: With the holidays just around the corner, Jack London Square features local artisans and crafters at two events, Patchwork Fall Show, Nov. 4, and Jack... READ MORE
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City, Port of Oakland work with neighbors to get trucks on track
November 2nd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – Nov. 2, 2017: City and Port of Oakland officials are meeting with neighbors to hear concerns about big rig traffic on streets in West Oakland.  The agencies... READ MORE