Business Member Events

Join our discussions on public policy and urban planning issues shaping the future of the region.

SPUR is supported by more than 450 businesses, government agencies and community organizations who are committed to our mission. As a SPUR business member, you will receive invitations to attend exclusive events with influential speakers from across the region.

These events are exclusively for SPUR business members. Please contact Amanda Fasenmyer, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, at afasenmyer@spur.org for information on how your organization can get involved and support our work.

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Upcoming and Past Events

May
21
Tue
San Francisco

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

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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 how she intends to build on the incredible impact SPUR has had in its 109-year history. Attendees...
May
14
Tue
San José

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

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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 how she intends to build on the incredible impact SPUR has had in its 109-year history. Attendees...
Feb
27
Wed
Oakland

Downtown Oakland Preliminary Draft Plan

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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 to see a significant number of our big ideas reflected in this preliminary draft. But...
Feb
6
Wed
Oakland

Transit Oriented Development In The East Bay

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Over the past several years, development proposals have started to mirror growing public demand for concentrated development near transit and they have provided a greater range of community benefits. With the passage of state Assembly Bill 2923, BART can now more easily develop housing on the parking lots it owns near stations. The Unity Council invites SPUR business members in exploring the challenges and opportunities that cities, developers and transit agencies face as they build transit-oriented developments at BART stations...
Jan
17
Thu
San José

Early Urbanists

Business Member Event
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2019 is set to be a momentous year for San Jose, ushering in a new wave of development and city-building opportunities. To help inspire our collective big thinking, please join SPUR in a reflection with two visionary leaders - Lew Wolff and Tom McEnery - who were instrumental in transforming San Jose’s city center and have valuable lessons to share as we enter a new period of significant transformation. Moderated by Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host Studio 724 (724 S...
Sep
26
Wed
San José

Innovative New Ideas for University Housing

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
As the city grows, it is imperative that we address housing availability and affordability in order to ensure an inclusive downtown. This includes housing for the more than 4,300 employees and 33,000 students at San Jose State University, an integral part of the downtown fabric. Join SPUR for this discussion about innovative new ideas for university housing. Panelists: Joshua Burroughs, Senior Development Manager, SWENSON Charlie Faas, Vice President of Administration & Finance / CFO, San Jose State University Katia McClain,...
Aug
28
Tue
Oakland

Problem Solver with William Gilchrist and Ryan Russo

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The SPUR Business Breakfast Series is an exclusive benefit of SPUR Business Membership and is by invitation only. If you would like to bring a guest and RSVP, please email us at rrobichaud@spur.org
Aug
1
Wed
San Francisco

Airbnb and the Future of Home Sharing

Business Member Event 5:30 p.m.
SPUR and Airbnb invite you to a drinks reception and discussion on the future of home sharing. SPUR CEO, Gabriel Metcalf will be in conversation with Chris Lehane, Airbnb's Head of Global Policy and Communications. The intense growth of home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb has sparked debate on how cities should police short-term rentals in order to enable local economies to flourish while preserving the character and quality of communities. Home-sharing regulation is changing on an almost daily basis, with...
May
8
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Central SoMa

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood (SoMa) has transcended its industrial past, becoming fertile ground in which hundreds of companies — technology startups and established firms alike — have taken root. But as these businesses continue to grow, their expansion is often impeded by the planning and building decisions of the past. These concerns may soon be forgotten, however, as the city moves to adopt the Central SoMa Plan, a bold new vision that will shape the neighborhood over the...
Apr
25
Wed
Oakland

Problem Solver With Mike Hursh: What should the City of Oakland’s ongoing role be in workforce development?

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join us in contributing ideas directly to Mark Sawicki, director of the City of Oakland’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, on how his department can address this question. The continued success of the Bay Area economy requires robust pathways to work, offering young people and low- and middle-wage workers opportunities to begin and advance in their careers. In light of reduced federal funding for workforce development, and an increased emphasis on regional strategies, SPUR invites business members and guests...