Upcoming and Past Events

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May
24
Tue
San José

Policy + Place: Housing the Golden State

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According to research from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 70.4% of California’s nearly 162,000 homeless population were unsheltered on a single night in January 2020. Governor Newsom signed landmark legislation in 2021 to address California’s housing crisis and boost the state’s supply of residential dwellings. These policies aim to streamline development and increase housing density. How have these measures been implemented to help Californians find homes and create vibrant neighborhoods in the Golden State? Join us for a conversation with Regina Celestin Williams, Executive Director of SV@Home, and Michael Lane, SPUR’s state Policy Director, to hear an update on how the state’s housing policies will impact our region and learn about bills currently making their way through the State’s legislature.
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Apr
26
Tue
San Francisco

The State of San Francisco’s Economy

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San Francisco’s economic recovery is progressing more slowly than other urban centers across the globe. Factors like a low percentage of employees returning to the office, a 22.4% commercial vacancy rate in Q4 of 2021, and less tourism are key contributors to the slower levels of market growth. The decline in major drivers of the city’s economy has wide-reaching implications, particularly in downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Join us for a presentation by Ted Egan, San Francisco’s Chief Economist, and Alexander Quinn, JLL’s Director of Research for Northern California, to learn the specifics about San Francisco’s economic trends and potential solutions for current challenges. Sujata Srivastava, SPUR’s San Francisco Director, is moderating the discussion.
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Mar
31
Thu
San Francisco

Employ California - In Person at the Urban Center!

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While California’s labor market experienced significant losses during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has since gained back 75% of lost jobs as of November 2021 according to data from the UC Berkeley Labor Center. As the economy recovers, government leaders must continue to address employment challenges and chart a course forward toward financial stability for all Californians. Join SPUR for a conversation with the Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, to hear an update about California’s job creation and economic recovery efforts. This conversation is moderated by Nick Josefowitz, SPUR’s Chief Policy Officer.
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Feb
15
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Keeping the Bay Area Moving

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional transportation agencies have pivoted strategies to keep Bay Area communities moving with the help of about $4B in federal emergency funds. How will the region’s backbone transit agencies navigate the financial shortfall when federal relief funds are drawn down? Join us for a conversation with SFMTA, Caltrain and BART to learn about how they have adapted to the current landscape and hear an update on the financial outlook in the coming year. Join SPUR for a discussion on how we keep the Bay Area moving as we begin to come back together as a city and community. Our panel features leaders transportation leaders from across the Bay Area working to ensure that each transit agency continues to serve all Bay Area residents.
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Dec
7
Tue
San Francisco

From Hotels to Homes

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An influx of federal, state and local funding has positioned San Francisco to address homelessness with an unprecedented investment of more than $1.1 billion over the next two years. Mayor London Breed’s Homeless Recovery Plan aims to create 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing by July 2022. One strategy to help meet this goal is to purchase and convert hotels into new permanently supportive housing. Join SPUR for a presentation from Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, to learn more about financing, permitting, and partnerships in this process. Director McSpadden will provide an overview of San Francisco’s efforts to acquire and rehabilitate sites, address community concerns, and share lessons learned.
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Oct
19
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

San Francisco Small Business Recovery

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Small businesses are vital to the social and economic vibrancy of our communities. Yet, over 45% of San Francisco’s small businesses remain closed, according to a recent city report. Join SPUR for a discussion on how we revitalize San Francisco as we begin to come back together as a city and community. Our panel features leaders working to ensure that small businesses throughout the city have a resilient future.
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Sep
23
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Moving Forward Together: A Conversation with Mayors London Breed, Sam Liccardo and Libby Schaaf

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As we begin to come together again as a society, we must determine how to use this pivotal moment as an opportunity to embrace change going forward. Bay Area leaders across sectors are committed to fundamentally altering the systems that led to such disparate and devastating outcomes over the course of the pandemic. This is both a recognition of systemic racism and its effects, and a recognition that our most fundamental systems – whether housing or economic access – must change if we are going to achieve a fair, healthy and stable society. Join SPUR President and CEO, Alicia John-Baptiste, in discussion with Mayors Breed, Liccardo, and Schaaf to learn how we can collectively work toward a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous Bay Area.
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Jul
20
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Tech and the New Civic Vision

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The San Francisco Bay Area has enjoyed decades of prosperity, becoming a symbol of wealth and innovation. But what if the word growth — so often associated with the world of tech — evolved to mean something else entirely? Join SPUR in conversation with leaders from tech and the public sector working towards SPUR’s New Civic Vision that expands the definition of growth to bring new opportunities into existing neighborhoods, creating more prosperous and diverse communities for all.
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Jun
8
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Small Business Resilience in Oakland

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Small businesses continue to reinvent themselves in response to evolving neighborhoods, the changing retail landscape and economic recessions. In the past year, it has become clear how vital small businesses are to our communities. Black-owned small businesses and businesses of color are especially critical, serving as important cultural and community hubs. Join SPUR for a panel discussion with community leaders from Oakland. The panel will explore these topics and share lessons for the region on how to ensure these small businesses survive the current economic downturn and flourish into the future.
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Apr
20
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The Adaptive City–San José

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As the Bay Area passes the one-year mark of the pandemic, ways of living and working have changed drastically. These changes affect movement in cities, downtowns and neighborhoods. With less commuting and more walking and biking, cities have evolved to meet the changing needs of residents with slow streets, outdoor dining, and pop-up shops. As we go forward, living and working trends will continue to evolve and so will our urban environment. Join SPUR for a conversation focused on how the City of San José is responding to shifting behaviors and how development might look different in the future.