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Economic Development

The City of Long Beach Economic Development Department's mission is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Our staff, along with partners across the City, offer the following core services to create a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive economic ecosystem:

  • Grow and strengthen established industry clusters and emerging sectors in Long Beach.
  • Increase access to economic opportunities in low-income communities to advance economic equity.
  • Build a supportive economic ecosystem that creates reliable pathways for entrepreneurs to confidently start and grow successful business.
  • Create more responsive, cost-effective, and streamlined City processes to grow investment and development in the city.
  • Enhance quality of life to grow businesses, jobs, and investment that support a thriving local economy.
  • Advance an integrated approach to local and regional economic development to enhance business opportunities and global connectedness.

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Latest News

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Whether it’s scouting for whales in the bay, day trips to Catalina Island or shopping for vintage finds on 4th Street, there are plenty of activities visitors to Long Beach can busy themselves with. Still, the city’s history as an oil town, a naval base and later its industrial development as part of the nation’s largest port complex have at times overshadowed its leisurely offerings
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Guests gathered to celebrate the graduation of seven local businesses from the city’s GROW Long Beach pilot program, an initiative designed to help entrepreneurs of color grow and expand their businesses. Spearheaded by the city’s economic development department and led by GROW Long Beach Consultant Vivian Shimoyama, the program seeks to connect business owners with resources and help them develop a vision for the future growth of their companies.
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Located at 1570-1598 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Garden Home consists of 14 one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom condominiums on the second through fourth floors of the development.
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Press Releases

Yesterday, 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.
Today, the City of Long Beach 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.
Earlier today, the City of Long Beach and Ninth District Councilmember Rex Richardson announced an acquisition agreement made with a North Long Beach property owner at 6841-6845 Atlantic Avenue (“Atlantic Farms”), Long Beach, California 90805. The final sale, which will be pending City Council approval on February 5, 2019, will set the stage for a state of the art village-style campus of supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. Supportive services will include a much-anticipated year-round homeless shelter with 125 beds. 
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2019 Blueprint Update

Want to know more about the work that the City of Long Beach and its partners are doing to advance the Blueprint for Economic Development but could not make it to this year's Blueprint Update? Head over to our Blueprint Update page to view presentation slides and videos that detail programs and initiatives that address each Focus Area.




DataLB: Geospatial & Open Data Hub

DataLB is the city's new public GeoSpatial & Open Data Portal for exploring, visualizing and downloading data that has been made publicly available.
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