Downtown Richmond becoming ‘home for professionals of all backgrounds’

Video: Downtown Richmond becoming 'home for professionals of all backgrounds'
Image from CoBiz Richmond

As Andy Warhol famously stated, “Uptown is for people who have already done something. Downtown is where they’re doing something now.”

And there is a lot going on right now in Downtown Richmond, which is home to CoBiz, the high-tech, 9,000 square foot co-working space and business incubator, the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Rich City Rides, Rich City Studios and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few. Workers and visitors are also seeing more options to enjoy lunch, from tacos at the highly-acclaimed El Garage to soul food from Snapper Seafood.

CoBiz recently unveiled a video summarizing Downtown Richmond’s recent growth. The nonprofit, one of the projects of eQuip Richmond, an economic revitalization initiative funded by Chevron Richmond, said the Downtown is “quickly becoming the home for professionals of all backgrounds,” noting its central location and many transit connections. 

“Whether coming to San Francisco by Ferry, Oakland by BART, Sacramento via Amtrak, Hercules on AC Transit, Berkeley via electric vehicle, or Richmond by bicycle, many are convening to take advantage of the awesome resources here,” said Wesley Alexander, the CEO of CoBiz.

Located right next to the BART Station, CoBiz has been an important contributor to a resurgent Downtown. Alexander describes the nonprofit organization as a “space where professionals, entrepreneurs, creators, nonprofiteurs, and people moving in purpose, gather to be productive, to network amongst each other, and to get access to great resources and programs.”

For more information about CoBiz, visit its website here.