Move over Silicon Valley and San Francisco, there's a new town taking over the glitz and glam of the media.
Where the smooth, urban, savvy business-minded folks are setting up shop and vowing to stay.
Don't believe me? Check out Movoto's 2013 post about the most exciting cities in America. And if you visit Oakland, you'll immediately fall in love the vibe, culture, and the FOOD. Omg, the food.
But, I digress.
While San Francisco and the Silicon Valley are certainly appealing with the ever so tantalizing tech industry, they are either too expensive or don't offer the "urbanite" essentials that young professionals are demanding.
And any one that studies the Economics behind the growth of a city will tell you that its appeal to "younger urbanites" is crucial to its rise and continued success. Oakland is taking note and making strategic moves to make "Our Town" a place for young entrepreneurs and career-minded graduates to call home.
From the report released by Oakland Business Development Center last year and the Oakland Chamber's emphasis on its Young Professionals Committee, it is clear that the "young urbanite's" needs are front and center.
I caught up with Dan Quigley, interim CEO for the Oakland Chamber, and Ivette Torres, the Chamber's Marketing and Communications Director, about the Chamber's plans for 2014 and how its Young Professional Committee (OCYP) will play a crucial role.
Me: As the voice of business for Oakland, what are some of the Chamber's objectives for 2014?
Ivette Torres and Dan Quigley: This year is one of exciting transitions for the Oakland Chamber. By spring we will have a new CEO to succeed Joe Haraburda, who retired in December. We are focused on expanding economic growth and jobs in Oakland by working with City Hall and collaborating with our members. The Chamber will continue its emphasis on improving public safety across the city, since that directly affects the quality of life for Oakland residents and businesses. We are seeking new partnerships with groups who share our goals for economic growth and public safety. As well as actively improving our services to support Oakland's businesses.
Me: Your Young Professionals Committee is off to a strong start this year. How does OCYP play a role in the Chamber's 2014 objectives?
Ivette Torres and Dan Quigley: The purpose of OCYP is to connect young motivated entrepreneurs and business people in the community and to provide resources to help them advance their careers and their businesses. Our goal is that OCYP can reach out to the community and demonstrate that The Chamber has many faces, that we are diverse, young and ready to change the world!
With a mayoral election on the horizon, executive changes at the Chamber and exciting opportunities constantly popping up, this is a fabulous time to join Oakland in its efforts to be the next hot spot in the Bay Area!
Miss Danetha is an Oakland Socialite and the Director of Publicity for the Oakland Chamber's Young Professionals Committee. She is the founder of EmeryCloud, a global financial management consultancy based in Oakland and committed to seeing Oakland's businesses succeed.
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