Upcoming and Past Events

Feb
7
Fri
San Francisco

The End of Real Estate Development As We Know It

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
What: SPUR Business Breakfast Topic: The End of Real Estate Development As We Know It Speaker: William Murray, Co-Founder, Wordsearch Place The world is changing rapidly, and with it our expectations of how places function, of whom they are for and why we spend time in them. Traditional development and design practices are organized to deliver bricks and mortar, not places, experiences, or customer-focused products…
Dec
4
Wed
San Francisco

'FASTER' Bay Area

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
The Bay Area’s transportation system was ahead of its time when it was first built, but regional improvements have not kept pace with increased rider demand over the past 50 years. With 27 different operators across 9 counties, our system has become fragmented and confusing, and leaves driving as the only option for many commuters - leading to congested roads and lives dominated by traffic. The…
Nov
19
Tue
Oakland

Redefining Community Engagement for Tech

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Over the past several years, the tech sector has transformed San Francisco, creating enormous economic growth but also serious challenges for the city and the Bay Area. As companies make their way across the bay, there is an opportunity to positively shift tech's engagement with the community, deepening the relationship with stakeholders across Oakland. Join SPUR to hear from Square, TechEquity, EBHO and the City of…
Oct
29
Tue
Oakland

How Oakland is Responding to Opportunity Zones

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
This event is for SPUR business members. Please RSVP here to reserve your seat. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones to accelerate investment in specified United States census tracts through tax incentives. 30 of the 8,700 designated Opportunity Zones are in Oakland, which the city hopes to use to advance equitable economic development in previously ignored neighborhoods. What plans do investors…
Oct
17
Thu
Oakland

An update from the Oakland A's

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
The Oakland A's have announced their vision to build a privately financed ballpark at Howard Terminal. The project includes major housing, office space and retail development. They have also announced their intention to redevelop their existing site at the Coliseum to include a park, community space and mixed uses. Join SPUR's Oakland Director, Robert Ogilvie, in conversation with the Oakland A's Managing Director of Real…
Oct
17
Thu
San José

Bracing ourselves for the next big one

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
When the next earthquake comes, will you, your business and your community be prepared? In response to the Ridgecrest Earthquake earlier this summer, SPUR will take a look at how our business members can be prepared. In recognition of earthquake preparedness month, join us and Wayne Kalayjian as we dive into risk mitigation. Where might you, your building or the community be lacking protection…
Jun
14
Fri
Oakland

Meet SPUR’s new President and CEO, Alicia John-Baptiste

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
SPUR’s executive board recently selected Alicia John-Baptiste to serve as the organization's next president and CEO. Before joining SPUR as deputy director in 2015, Alicia spent 16 years at the City of San Francisco, serving as chief of staff for the Planning Department and later the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Please join us to hear about Alicia’s vision for the future and…
May
21
Tue
San Francisco

Meet SPUR’s new President and CEO, Alicia John-Baptiste

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
SPUR’s executive board recently selected Alicia John-Baptiste to serve as the organization's next president and CEO. Before joining SPUR as deputy director in 2015, Alicia spent 16 years at the City of San Francisco, serving as chief of staff for the Planning Department and later the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Please join us to hear about Alicia’s vision for the future and…
May
14
Tue
San José

Meet SPUR’s new President and CEO, Alicia John-Baptiste

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
SPUR’s executive board recently selected Alicia John-Baptiste to serve as the organization's next president and CEO. Before joining SPUR as deputy director in 2015, Alicia spent 16 years at the City of San Francisco, serving as chief of staff for the Planning Department and later the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Please join us to hear about Alicia’s vision for the future and…
Feb
27
Wed
Oakland

Downtown Oakland Preliminary Draft Plan

Business Member Event 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
After years of work, and much community input, the City of Oakland has released a preliminary draft of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan. The draft plan describes transformative ideas and recommendations that connect the community’s goals to potential strategic actions. Our report A Downtown for Everyone: Shaping the Future of Downtown Oakland laid out our vision for the future of downtown, and we are gratified…