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Economic Development Commission holds forums

Submitted by on 1, May 14, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

Alameda’s Economic Development Commission has set up some subcommittees to look at how to keep our local businesses going and to bring more businesses to Alameda. And they’re hosting a series of public forums to gather input from local business owners and representatives.

The forums are from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the community room of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street; and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 1713 Webster Street.

“I think everyone is concerned about the current economy and how it affects our community,” development manager Eric Fonstein said.

Fonstein said the city is looking for low-cost to no-cost ways the city can help local businesses in the very near term.

Alameda recently lost its last two car dealers, which were among the city’s top sales tax generators, and several of the biotech businesses that populate the Island’s business parks have suffered in the down economy.

The city’s most recently issued quarterly fiscal report showed sales taxes are projected to be slightly less than anticipated for this fiscal year, coming in just shy of $5 million.

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