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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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Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square offers symphony of innovative foods
September 21st, 2017
Oakland, CA (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square returns to the Oakland waterfront this Friday through Sunday. The event celebrates regional and sustainable food... READ MORE
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'The world is your oyster' at Jack London Square's final summer block party
September 13th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – September 13, 2017: Jack London Square hosts its fifth and final block party of the summer with Oyster Oyster, Saturday, from 12 PM to 6 PM. The... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland Attorney named Oakland Pride Grand Marshal
September 11th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – September 11, 2017: Port of Oakland Attorney Danny Wan led the Oakland Pride celebration as Legacy Grand Marshal yesterday. He was given the honor for his significant... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland wants more ships on shore power to clear the air
September 8th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – Sept. 8, 2017: Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle met with international shipping lines here this week to clear the air – literally. He said his... READ MORE