April 2019
Welcome to our latest newsletter! We are excited to share news about Long Beach's continued economic growth and news on the latest developments in our city! We are continuously working to bring about new programs and strengthen partnerships that will help sustain this growth for all Long Beach workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Please keep reading for updates and information on upcoming workshops and events!
Highlights
Innovative City Partnership with California State University, Long Beach to Bring Classes Downtown
On March 19, the Long Beach City Council authorized the City to enter into an agreement with the California State University, Long Beach Foundation, to provide continuing education workforce development classes in Downtown Long Beach. The 10-year, $1,000,000 agreement will set the stage for CSULB to open classrooms in one of the City’s major professional employment centers and within walking distance to LA Metro’s Blue Line service.
City of Long Beach Hosts Ceremony to Celebrate First Place 2018 CommunityWINS® Grantee
The City of Long Beach recently hosted an event to celebrate the local, First Place 2018 CommunityWINS® (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) grant recipient for large cities (250,000+ population). Mayor Robert Garcia, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Wells Fargo presented a $300,000 award to  Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership, Inc .   (Pacific Gateway), to be used for the Citywide Market for Hourly Labor Program.
Two Affordable Housing Developments Break Ground in Midtown Long Beach Just Days Apart.
The City of Long Beach, in partnership with its nonprofit affiliate, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) broke ground on two affordable housing developments in Midtown Long Beach within one week. The Spark at Midtown (The Spark), a 95-unit affordable housing development broke ground on March 20th and Vistas del Puerto , a 48-unit affordable housing development broke ground on March 27th.
Long Beach in the News

The Long Beach Business Journal: Economic Development Initiatives Support Small Businesses, Reward Innovation
By Pierce Nahigyan

For the entrepreneur looking to grow his or her business in the City of Long Beach, there are several assistance programs of which to take advantage. Seyed Jalali, economic development officer for the city’s economic development department, told the Business Journal that Long Beach actively engages with its business community. This engagement covers a variety of methods, from helping entrepreneurs access capital to creating opportunities to enlist new businesses in civic projects.
The Press-Telegram: Developers of 2nd and PCH, Breakers, West Gateway and more update Long Beach on their plans
By: Hayley Munguia

Local developers of some of the city’s biggest upcoming projects met with the city’s Economic Development Commission on Tuesday, March 26, where they updated the commission on their plans — and assured commissioners that Long Beach staff is helping the process run smoothly.
For full list of articles, visit our news archive
Upcoming Events & Workshops
2019 Economic Development Blueprint Community Update


The City of Long Beach City Council adopted the Economic Development Blueprint in April 2017. This special meeting will include updates from City staff and community partners on programs, partnerships, and initiatives that have been implemented as a result of the Blueprint.
 
Residents and organizations interested in economic development and economic inclusion are encouraged to attend.





Attend the 9th annual Innovation Challenge competition. Watch live as student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. The winning team will receive $10,000 in seed funding and services totaling up to $40,000

Thursday, 4/11 | 4:00PM-8:00PM
Walter Pyramid |1250 Bellflower Blvd


Join SCORE Long Beach and Ironfire for " What It Takes to Make It In The Restaurant Business" Attend this free workshop where you will learn all of he ins and outs of starting a restaurant business.


Tuesday, 4/23 | 6:30PM-8:30PM
4195 N Viking Way, Long Beach