Upcoming and Past Events

Oct
29
Tue
Oakland

How Oakland is Responding to Opportunity Zones

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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 already have for Oakland and how can the city potentially benefit from the infusion...
Oct
17
Thu
San José

Bracing ourselves for the next big one

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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? How will a warning system either hinder or empower our community during the seconds before a...
Oct
17
Thu
Oakland

An update from the Oakland A's

Business Member Event
8:00 a.m. 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 Estate, Lydia Tan, on the team’s plan to relocate to Howard Terminal. What: Business Breakfast...
Jun
14
Fri
Oakland

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
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,...