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OBID Receives Henry L. Hillman Foundation Grant

Through the generous support of a $150,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the OBID Board of Directors is undertaking a comprehensive strategic plan focused on organizational growth, capacity building and strategic vision. The backdrop to this planning process is Oakland’s unprecedented growth and expansion underway in response to the building of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District. The OBID Board is undertaking this crucial exercise to further prepare our organization to service the demands of Oakland’s advancing global innovation center.

Having just completed a national search, the OBID has engaged the services of a consultant team to manage this process led by BDS Planning & Urban Design (Seattle, Washington) and Elisco’s Creative Café (Pittsburgh). We are excited to be working with the BDS and Elisco team as they bring us extensive knowledge and experience working with business improvement districts and place based management organizations.Working with the OBID Board of Directors, this team will manage the planning process over the next 12 months — and along with your input — help us create a bold, visionary plan that will support the outstanding growth of Oakland and your business.