May 27, 2015
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Community members are encouraged to attend a UC Berkeley-hosted meeting in Richmond on Thursday that will discuss local hiring related to the planned Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay (BGCRB).

The regular meeting of the Richmond Community Working Group for BGCRB will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Richmond Field Station, Bldg. 478, 1301 S. 46th Street, according to the nonprofit For Richmond.

The BGCRB working group has public meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

The Berkeley Global Campus is envisioned as an international hub of research that will have academic institutions, the private sector and community partners tackling complex global challenges. But community members have expressed concern for what the new campus will mean for the residents of local cities.

To address those concerns, a working group composed of representatives from a variety of community entities was formed. Members include Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay, Marcus Walton, director of communications for the West Contra Costa Unified School District, and Donald Woodrow, president of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council (see the full list of reps in this post).

Their mission is to develop proposals, including recommendations for legally-binding agreements with UC Berkeley, that will offer community benefits in areas such as education, employment and workforce training, said Jen Loy, assistant director of local government & community relations at UC Berkeley.

The regular community working group meetings are an important venue where those interested in the project can take part in the discussion and receive updates, For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy said.

“It’s important that local residents have the information they need to make the most of new opportunities as they arise,” Worthy said.

For more info about BGCRB or to sign up to receive project updates, click here.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.