Joins Efforts to Reshape Oakland’s Economic Growth
To reestablish the SMC goal of becoming
nationally recognized as a premier, multi-specialty health
sciences institution, College liaisons are attending community
programs sponsored by local community organizations to promote
SMC as a leader in Oakland.
On May 17 SMC’s Executive Director,
Office of the President (EDOP) Stephanie Bangert and Associate
Director of Publications and Media Relations, Elizabeth Valente,
attended Oakland’s first East Bay Economic Development
Alliance Morning Conference.
Joe Haraburda, CEO, Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce
and Gregory Hunter, Interim Director of Redevelopment, City
of Oakland. Photo courtesy of Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Among a crowd of 240, four panelists
expressed optimism about the East Bay infrastructure challenges,
retaining business and jobs, increasing public awareness,
understanding of regional growth issues and the benefit of
promoting the East Bay locally, nationally, and internationally
as a prime locations to grow business.
As quoted in the East Bay Business
Times, panelist Joe Haraburda, CEO, Oakland Metropolitan
Chamber of Commerce, believes cooperation between business,
government and school administrators is key to building Oakland’s
“The community colleges and universities
have to engage with business and labor and government to look
for solutions. To make sure that if health care is going to
be one of our number one growth sectors in the city of Oakland
that we’re making sure our youth are aware of that,
are getting the training necessary to get those entry levels
jobs and are on the path to success.”
Jakada Imani, Executive Director of
the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, applauds Mayor Ron
Dellums’ leadership to change and become a ‘bridge
builder’ for the city. As quoted in the East Bay
Business Times, “Past mayors were somewhat contentious
figures. I think having somebody willing to stand in the center
and reach out to all sides to pull us together and be a bridge
to dialogue and building trust is what Oakland needs right
The College will continue to participate
in discussions exploring East Bay economic and business environment.
These efforts will enable SMC to network and foster partnerships
with key officials and policy makers, creating opportunities
for stronger recognition in the community.
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Photo by Oakland Metro Chamber of Commerce