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About the East Bay EDA



Establish the East Bay as a world-recognized region to grow business and attract capital in a way that creates quality jobs.


The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is a unique cross-sector partnership of private, public and nonprofit leaders in the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, helping to make the East Bay one of the most dynamic, globally competitive and sustainable business environments in the world.
East Bay EDA leverages the leadership, knowledge, talents and resources of its members to showcase the East Bay’s outstanding location advantages and resources that help businesses grow, a top-rated diverse workforce, world-class thought leaders, and a quality of life that supports exceptional family living.
Members include (partial list): elected leadership and key management of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and cities; key corporate and private sector CEOs and executive management; the Port of Oakland; the University of California, Berkeley; all three national research laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia); California State University, East Bay; all of the region’s community colleges; chambers of commerce; labor organizations; nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
With its focus on creating a thriving business climate, East Bay EDA is the vehicle through which East Bay leaders collaborate to achieve their shared goal of a healthy, vibrant economy to create and sustain quality jobs.

With advisement from our Board of Directors, the following goals are identified for FY 13-14:

  1. Promote regional competitive advantages of doing business, working, learning and living in the East Bay.

  2. Demonstrate leadership as a convener, a source for accurate and credible information and analysis, and enabler of strategic cross-sector approaches to economic growth and opportunity in the East Bay region.

  3. Promote regional business community and connect companies with a wide range of assets that promote growth, innovation, civic engagement and community reinvestment.  

  4. Secure a balance of membership strength and leadership – with an emphasis on private sector members from small business to corporations and Contra Costa-based organizations.

We have 20 years of high-impact collaboration yielding tangible results in the East Bay.

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Here is more information about our current strategic initiatives.

Our members are dedicated to these short- and long-term efforts, and we invite you to join us in making the East Bay a vibrant, healthy economy.