Facebook has negotiated multiple development agreements with the city, the terms of which now add up to a 27-page checklist. Many conditions have been completed and several have become an ongoing part of the company's operations.
The company has completed its "Local Community Fund" requirement but plans to continue that program, which offers small grants to local nonprofits in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto.
Another agreement Facebook made in an early development agreement was to encourage local jobs. The company hosts local job fairs twice a year. At the first, in March, Facebook ended up hiring nine full-time employees and 12 contractors from of a total of 493 job fair attendees.
A second job fair was held Sept. 30 with 541 attendees. Their resumes are still being reviewed, according to a staff report. Recently, Facebook launched "Access," a separate job application portal for locals, and hired a coordinator to bolster local hiring.
Another condition by the city was for Facebook to promote volunteerism with local nonprofits. Through 2026, the company has committed to host a volunteer recruitment fair for local nonprofits to inform Facebook employees about volunteer opportunities. At a Nov. 2 event, 400 Facebook employees attended a volunteer fair that included 21 nonprofits.
Facebook has discontinued other programs after meeting the company's obligation to the city. One program, called "Facebucks," gave Facebook employees incentives to visit Menlo Park businesses, but was met with limited success. According to Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager Lauren Swezey, people who lived locally liked the program, but many Facebook employees didn't have an easy way to get from the Facebook campus to downtown Menlo Park. More than half of Facebook's workers don't drive to work solo, she said.
A number of initiatives from Facebook's more recent development agreements are in the works. Among them are the company's commitments to:
• Sponsor with $1 million in funding and convene a regional transportation forum with officials from Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County to follow up on recommendations in the SamTrans Dumbarton Corridor Transportation Study.
• Fund up to $350,000 and hire a consultant to conduct a housing inventory and local supply study to assess "the conditions, occupancy and resident profiles of residents" living near Facebook, including in Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and East Palo Alto.
• Coordinate with the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and nonprofits to work on habitat protection and restoration.
• Build a public access bicycle and pedestrian bridge across Bayfront Expressway between Facebook and Bedwell Bayfront Park.
• Build a recycled water system for its Buildings 21 (under construction) and 22.
• Complete streetscape improvements on Chilco Street.
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