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Alameda joins green business partnership

Submitted by on 1, July 1, 2009 – 5:50 am3 Comments

greenlogo150The city of Alameda has officially joined a growing group of cities and others seeking to make the East Bay a hub for green businesses.

We’re becoming part of the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership, which is working together to try to bring and support green businesses here in the East Bay (and to pull in money that the cities likely couldn’t get on their own to do it).

The partnership was founded in December 2007 by the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville and Berkeley and the University at California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This past month, seven additional cities and other entities were added, including Alameda.

So far, the group has pulled in $76 million, much of it for the lab to study underground contaminant cleanup and also for the school and lab to work on how to better capture carbon and store it underground, according to this bit in the San Francisco Business Times.

In discussing the reasons for selecting the cities that were invited to join the partnership this go-round, Michael Kaplan, Berkeley’s economic development manager, told The Daily Californian that Alameda has “a lot of industrial land to accommodate green tech companies.”


  • Jon Spangler says:

    This is a good move for Alameda, and will help our environmental efforts as much as our economic development.

    I just wonder why Alameda was not involved in this at the beginning in 2007.

  • David Kirwin says:

    Jeez, whoda thought – Green-tech industry at Alameda Point! Jobs? Decent paying non-retail jobs? Sounds like a suggestion I heard before that had nothing to do with SunCal or Catullus or Measure A, or increased commute traffic.

    Why would the city consider such an idea?

  • AD says:

    …Alameda has “a lot of industrial land to accommodate green tech companies.”

    Not mention plenty of ground to practice underground contaminant cleanup—before SunCal builds condos on top.

    Michele, what does that mean, "the city has offocially joined"? Who in the city will do what differently?

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