The launching of a new center at Saint Mary's College to study trends in the East Bay economy was the focus of a story in the business section of the Contra Costa Times. The article noted the center is a sign of the strength of the East Bay economy, the only one in the Bay Area to contain more than a million jobs.
"This says something about the coming of age of the East Bay," Roy Allen, dean of the Saint Mary's School of Economics and Business Administration, was quoted. "...The East Bay population is growing so quickly, especially East County; over 1 million jobs are located in the East Bay. This has become an integrated, diversified, major economic region."