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Contra Costa County Supervisors Want to Merge Public and Private Sector Interests

Supervisor Federal Glover jumpstarting an endeavor to revitalize the county’s “underutilized” northern waterfront.

This area shows some of the reasons this region holds promise.  Graphic credit: Contra Costa County
This area shows some of the reasons this region holds promise. Graphic credit: Contra Costa County

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 at a 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

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