Economic & Workforce Development

The Economic & Workforce Development Department works to bring about a vibrant, innovative, globally competitive economy in Oakland. Our mission is to increase investment in Oakland in a way that contributes to the growth of the City’s economy, fosters fiscal sustainability, expands job opportunities for all residents, and enhances the City’s sense of place and quality of life.

City staff are here to assist business owners and entrepreneurs -- book your free 30-minute appointment at any of 6 Neighborhood Business Assistance locations through June 2022.

Read about the resilience of local businesses during the pandemic, equitable growth strategies to bring opportunity to all Oaklanders and the tremendous investment that continues to flow into our community in the Think Oakland First insert.

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Feb 18, 2022

Cultural Strategists In Government Cohort Announced, Applications Still Accepted Through February 28

Following a call for qualifications in November, the Cultural Strategists-in-Government (CSIG) Program has announced the initial cohort of artists and cultural practitioners who will bring new perspectives and creative thinking to help City staff address some of Oakland’s greatest problems together with the City’s diverse communities. Four Strategists have been selected, and the application deadline for six additional project slots has been extended to Monday, February 28, at 5 p.m.

Feb 07, 2022

Neighborhood Business Assistance Program Launches following Successful Pilot

Following a four-month pilot program, the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department has rebranded and is officially launching a permanent business support program in Oakland’s neighborhoods. The newly named Neighborhood Business Assistance program has added a sixth location and opened appointment dates through June 2022.

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