Port of Oakland exec: ‘We have great confidence in this city’
December 15, 2015
Port of Oakland Exec: 'We have great confidence in this city'
Oakland booming, Port's growing right along with it: Big ships, tenants, air routes
Oakland, CA - December 15, 2015: This city's booming and the Port of Oakland is contributing greatly to the clamor. That was the message a top Port executive delivered today to 500 business and civic leaders.
"We have great confidence in Oakland," Commercial Real Estate Director Pamela Kershaw told a business breakfast audience that featured Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. "Things are positive; impressive companies are calling, looking for opportunities to invest here."
Her remarks came as builders, bureaucrats and business executives declared that Oakland's time has come. Their proof: thousands of housing units scheduled for construction, new business openings and a decision by tech behemoth Uber to locate in Oakland.
Ms. Kershaw highlighted three events in the past week that she said underscore the Port's contribution to the resurgence:
- Renowned western lifestyle arbiter Sunset Magazine began moving its editorial headquarters into the Port's Jack London Square.
- International air carrier Norwegian Airlines announced new flights to London from the Port's Oakland International Airport.
- Marseille-based shipping line CMA CGM said it will bring its newest ship, the 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin to the Oakland seaport New Year's Eve. It's the largest cargo vessel to ever visit a U.S. port.
"We're very excited about these developments," she said. "And we take seriously the role we will play in Oakland's future."
The director said the Port is advancing critical infrastructure projects in each of its business lines: Aviation, Real Estate and Maritime. Renovations to the airport's Terminal 1 - where international flights depart - are well underway, she said. The seaport plans to begin constructing a 370,000-square-foot Cool Port Logistics Complex next spring for refrigerated cargo. And negotiations are underway to build a new hotel at Embarcadero Cove down the road from Jack London Square.
"Infrastructure may not sound sexy, but it's sexy to us," said Ms. Kershaw. "It means we're ready to grow with the city."
About the Port of Oakland
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