Report on how Richmond residents can benefit from planned UC Berkeley research center to be released

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City Manager Bill Lindsay discusses latest strategy for Richmond Bay Campus
The project site in Richmond

A report examining how Richmond residents could benefit from job and educational opportunities from the planned development of UC Berkeley’s massive research center at Richmond Bay is set to be released Thursday.

The university’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society teamed with Richmond community advocates on a yearlong project to research and analyze the potential impacts and opportunities from the development of the new campus called Berkeley Global Campus.

Results of the research are slated to be released at a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday at Richmond Field Station, 4646 Seaver Ave. at S. 46th St.

The results received praise from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who was quoted in a statement as saying the findings were “comprehensive” and made it “clear there is a pathway to a campus-community partnership that produces meaningful community benefits.”

Local organizations Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO), and the Safe Return Project participated in the research project.

“A great city means healthy people, educated people with equal opportunities for all,” said Yaquelin Valencia, a CCISCO board member. “The new campus will be built in our backyard, so Richmond residents should be the first in line for training and job opportunities.”

Last year, Richmond was chosen out of 20 cities to be the future home of the research facility. The research center will reportedly bring in more than 800 jobs along with millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city.

Due to federal budget cuts, the Lab lost $130 million in funding for the first phase of construction, and thus the project is on hold. All partners have expressed commitment to identify funding to move the project forward, the university said in May.

Community members have insisted that Richmond residents benefit from the project. They believe it should guarantee job opportunities for local residents and learning opportunities for their children, among other benefits.

To learn more about the new center, visit the project’s website.

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