Business Member Events

Learn about the most pertinent issues in public policy and urban planning and contribute to the discussions that will shape the future of the region.


As a SPUR business member, you will receive invitations to attend our curated Business Breakfast series of events with influential speakers from across the region.

Talk to us about how you can access invitation-only events such as Problem-Solver Breakfasts, Urban Infrastructure Council, Civic Tech Council and Urban Catalyst Team. 

Two ways your business can join or renew

1.Online: sign up online and pay by credit card.
2. Talk to us: contact Anna Nicholls at 415-644-4882 or anicholls@spur.org.

JOIN OR RENEW


Sponsorship
To inquire about opportunities to host or sponsor a breakfast, please contact Anna Nicholls, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, at 415-644-4882 or anicholls@spur.org.

Upcoming and Past Events

Mar
29
Thu
Oakland

Problem Solver with Bill Gilchrist: Updating Oakland's Specific Planning Process

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join us in contributing ideas directly to William (Bill) Gilchrist, director of the City of Oakland’s Department of Planning and Building Services, on how his department can address this question: How is Oakland's specific planning process working, and how can it be improved? For the last few years, the City of Oakland has used specific and area plans as a tool for defining a clear vision for individual neighborhoods, outlining a process to achieve that vision and spurring investment. Now...
Feb
28
Wed
Oakland

Problem Solver With Mike Hursh: Shaping AC Transit’s Workforce of Tomorrow

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join SPUR business members and guests to contribute ideas to Mike Hursch, general manager of AC Transit, on how his department can address the following question: How can AC transit help develop a workforce of tomorrow? Public transit relies on skilled and healthy workforce to do the difficult job of keeping buses and trains running, and keeping customers happy. Alarmingly, 40% of AC Transit’s workforce is eligible for retirement today, and there isn’t an adequate pool of incoming bus drivers...
Feb
8
Thu
Oakland

Problem Solver with Mark Sawicki: What Should Oakland's Retail Strategy Be?

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
This event is generously sponsored by Comerica. What should Oakland’s retail strategy be and how could Oakland benefit from the changing retail climate? Downtown Oakland was once the retail and shopping heart of the East Bay. Today Oaklanders must often leave their neighborhoods, and even the city, for basic goods. The resulting “leakage” of sales taxes to adjacent communities has impacted the city’s budget: Oakland now has the lowest sales tax per capita of any big city in California. In...
Jan
24
Wed
San Jose

The Rise of Tech in San Jose

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
More and more technology companies are choosing to relocate to San Jose from other parts of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Join SPUR in a conversation with Colin Yasukochi and Lexi Russell, co-authors of CBRE's 2017 Tech-30 report, CBRE to discuss reasons for this shift — including access to transit, financial considerations and the vibrancy of an urban center — and what these trends mean for the future of San Jose. The SPUR Business Breakfast Series is an exclusive...
Jan
18
Thu
San Francisco

How to Build a New Arena in San Francisco: A Conversation with Rick Welts, President and COO of the Golden State Warriors

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
The Golden State Warriors' new $1 billion, privately-funded arena broke ground in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood in January 2017. As well as being the new home for the Warriors, Chase Center will host nearly 200 events a year and anchor an 11-acre district of restaurants, cafés, offices, public plazas and a new five-and-a-half-acre public waterfront park. Join Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors, to hear how he navigated negotiations with local stakeholders in the face...
Nov
8
Wed
San Jose

Creating Vibrant and Healthy Cities for All

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
Members joined Guillermo (Gil) Peñalosa, the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities , as he discussed how to apply a simple but powerful philosophy to San Jose: If you create a great city for both an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil advises decision makers on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities and focuses on the design...
Oct
26
Thu
San Francisco

Best Cities to Score Tech Talent

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
The shortage of tech workers remains a vexing problem for employers. CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent report analyzes labor market conditions for tech workers in 50 U.S. and Canadian cities and helps employers and investors better understand tech talent supply and demand dynamics. SPUR members joined CBRE Research Team, Colin Yasukochi and Lexi Russell to discuss how these growth patterns are impacting cities and real estate from the Bay Area to Boston.
Oct
17
Tue
Oakland

How to Build Affordable Single-Family Homes For Less

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
Members joined David Waal, Principal Alliance for Revitalized Communities, LLC, in conversation to learn how Alliance for Revitalized Communities has creatively addressed building single-family housing — for less. We also covered political and building department challenges, as well as achieving a less expensive building option with higher end results, including zero-net energy homes with no monthly utility bills.
Sep
19
Tue
Oakland

How Should Oakland Fund Improvements in Underinvested Areas?

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
Since the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, California cities have struggled to find a substitute for tax increment financing to fund needed infrastructure and affordable housing. In that void, cities had to get creative. SPUR members and Mark Sawicki, director of the City of Oakland Department of Economics and Workforce Development, gathered in an Oakland Problem Solvers session to get creative ideas about where else to look for sources of financing to improve underinvested areas of the city.
Aug
17
Thu
San Jose

SB1 and the Future of Transportation

Business Member Event 7:30 a.m.
Members joined Senator Jim Beall as he discussed his instrumental work in passing is the SB1 transportation package, which increases road maintenance funding by $5 billion annually. Senator Beall has left his mark on Silicon Valley over three decades of public service as a San Jose city councilman, Santa Clara County supervisor, and state assembly member. As the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, he is committed to solving California’s most pressing problems. Together, Senator Beall and SPUR...