From November of 2013 to May of 2014 an informal subcommittee of OpenOakland members conducted informational interviews with nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and city staff that were all working on economic issues in Oakland, CA. The purpose of the interviews was to get a sense of how different actors were working to increase economic activity in Oakland in a way that is sensitive to gentrification and benefits all Oakland residents. We hoped that these interviews would help OpenOakland identify a need within the topic of Economic Development that we could bring our unique civic-tech skills to and fill a need. On May 13, the subcommittee shared our findings with the broader OpenOakland group and asked for input on which project to select based.
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