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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 Jobs study: Port of Oakland generates 84,000 jobs in the Bay Area
Jobs study: Port of Oakland generates 84,000 jobs in the Bay Area
April 18th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – April 18, 2019:  The Port of Oakland supports 84,144 jobs in the Bay Area and 20 percent of those jobs are Oakland-based, according to an economic impact... READ MORE
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Tall ship sailing adventures return to Jack London Square
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Southwest inaugurates Maui service in Oakland; Airport celebrates with free parking
April 8th, 2019
Oakland, CA – (April 8, 2019):  Oakland International Airport is celebrating another first today following Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Maui on Sunday. The Airport and Airline celebrated with a Hawaii-inspired... READ MORE
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Jack London Square offers real food, local goods and an art exhibit Sunday
April 4th, 2019
Attention editors: See Farmers Market video here. Oakland, Calif. – April 4, 2019: Jack London Square serves up family-friendly activities this Sunday, with a local focus. - Farmers Market provides fresh produce and artisanal... READ MORE