The City shall coordinate with Chabot College and California State University, East Bay to develop a formalized Town-Gown Economic Partnership.
In late 2019, Economic Development staff began actively identifying and meeting with CSU East Bay and Chabot College student associations and groups in order to identify student needs and develop a Town-Gown or "College Connection" program. The goal was to partner to produce "Shop Local" promotions and special events targeting students. Completed tasks included organizing and facilitating a focus group of over 25 college students to discuss their shopping patterns and preferred retailers. However, promotional and special event planning efforts were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in business and campus closures and prohibitions on mass gatherings.