The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
wants to revitalize the county’s northern waterfront by finding ways to merge
the interests of the public and private sector businesses established in the area.
Federal Glover, chair of Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, said one way to do that is to bring together all the stakeholders and find common projects.
“That includes private industry, ports, and the waterfront cities,” Glover said. “I believe if we act as a regional group, we can wield more influence than if each of us tried to act alone. The Northshore is one of the county's greatest resources and it is underutilized. I want to change that,” he said.
Local politicians are targeting a 50-mile stretch of land where internationally recognized brands such as Tesoro, Shell, and Dow Chemical have established a presence. The scope of the revitalization endeavor called The Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative includes Concord’s Naval Weapons Station, the Military Ocean Terminal (MOTCO), and the Antioch marina.
County staff say they are learning about
opportunities that could bolster the region’s economy and plan to present them
free forum on Friday at the Antioch Community Center, located at 4701 Lone
Tree Way, in Antioch, California. The
forum will unfurl the findings of a report titled “Revitalizing Contra Costa’s Northern Waterfront: How to be Competitive
in the 21st Century Global Economy.” The forum starts at
9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. Lunch is provided. Organizers said a few seats are still available.
To get a Google Earth tour of the area included in The Initiative, visit this page.
For a forum program and information about registering for the event, visit this page.