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6/12/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:061218A
Subject:
City of Long Beach Receives Top Honor U.S. Conference of Mayors 2018 CommunityWINS® Grant
Contact:
Nick Schultz, Executive Director
Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
Economic Development Department
562.570.3701
Nick.Schultz@pacific-gateway.org




During the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 86th annual meeting in Boston yesterday, Wells Fargo announced that City of Long Beach’s Mayor Robert Garcia received a $300,000 grant on behalf of Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership with the 2018 CommunityWINS®Grant Program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

“It’s truly an honor to be a recipient of the CommunityWINS® grant,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I would like to thank the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Wells Fargo Foundation for this investment in our City’s nonprofit. We look forward to utilizing the fund to create a healthy marketplace for hourly labor in Long Beach.” 

The grant was awarded to Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership for the Citywide Market for Hourly Labor program. Seventy percent of those with irregular work schedules in the area are disabled or caregivers who work uncertain hours, often for multiple employers. Using software, the City of Long Beach will build a marketplace for hourly labor around protections, progress, individual control and alignment with employers’ needs. 

“Our Pacific Gateway Workforce team is excited to receive this grant and look forward to establishing a local project team to implement the Citywide Market for Hourly Labor program in the coming months,” said Executive Director Nick Schultz, Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership. “This project builds upon philanthropic investments from both the Annie E. Casey and the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundations, and is the only effort of its kind nationally being undertaken by the public workforce system.”

The 2018 CommunityWINS® awards recognize nonprofits and cities for leadership in driving neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation. An independent panel of judges selected recipients of the Wells Fargo-funded grants from 188 applicants representing small, medium and large cities. 

“The conference and Wells Fargo share similar values focused on helping communities across the U.S. succeed, and the 2018 CommunityWINS® Grant Program is an opportunity to honor productive neighborhood revitalization efforts that are making a difference,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “We appreciate Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Foundation for their support of the CommunityWINS® Program, which also highlights the leadership of mayors and city governments.” 

Launched in 2015 with a three-year, $3 million commitment, the CommunityWINS® grants program will extend into 2020 with an additional $3 million investment by the Wells Fargo Foundation, bringing the total to $6 million over six years. 

“Wells Fargo is pleased to team with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to make these grants available for nonprofits and enable them to revitalize neighborhoods,” said Martin Sundquist, Executive Director of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. “Wells Fargo cares about the communities we serve, and the 2018 CommunityWINS® grant program is among several economic empowerment efforts we support to strengthen communities.” 

Also receiving top honors for the 2018 CommunityWINS® grant program were Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio and Mayor Jamael Tito Brown of Youngstown, Ohio. Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts; Mayor Peter Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; and Mayor Bryan K. Barnett Rochester Hills, Michigan. 

Mayor Garcia was in Boston with more than 250 of the nation’s mayors to attend the United States Conference of Mayors annual summer meeting where he also served on the organization’s Nominating Committee. As a Nominating Committee member, Mayor Garcia helped select a diverse group of mayors to fill leadership roles for USCM. He and the other mayors discussed a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America’s cities, including the need for infrastructure investments and strategies to make cities more innovative and inclusive. The meeting began Friday and ended yesterday, Monday, June 11, 2018.

About Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership is a nonprofit organization created to enhance the delivery of workforce development services in Long Beach, Signal Hill, and the Los Angeles Harbor communities. Pacific Gateway’s goal is to improve the economic vitality of an entire region by connecting job seekers to resources that will enable them to become economically stable, and create a robust business community that is connected to a well-trained and skilled labor force.

About Economic Development

The mission of the City’s Economic Development Department is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. This includes making it easier to start and grow a business, streamline the process for property development, and provide businesses with a skilled workforce. The Department includes Property Development, Business Development, and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. For more information on the Economic & Property Development Department, please visit http://www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/ or follow us on Twitter @LBEconDev and Facebook.