BIG: Buy Local, Invest and Hire Local, Give Local
An Op-ed by Henry A.J. Ramos
Each year, the Northern California counties of Alameda and Contra Costa -- where the Insight Center is headquartered -- receive investment inflows totaling about one billion dollars. These investments support important industries like Biotech, Alternative Energy, Software Development, and Medical Instrumentation. While these investments are fueling essential regional economic growth and development, they fail too often to reduce unemployment and poverty rates in the urban cores of Oakland and Richmond, the counties' two largest metropolitan areas.
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