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Economic Development Blueprint

In 2015, the Mayor and City Council requested the City’s Economic Development Commission, with the assistance of staff, to prepare an Economic Development Blueprint (Blueprint) to define priorities that will lead to creation of businesses, well-paying jobs, and increase the standards of living for our diverse residents.

The purpose of the Blueprint is to identify economic opportunities and challenges to provide a catalyst for economic activity across the city, in key growth sectors and sub-regions to foster investment, business development and job opportunities. This will involve a number of recommendations about how the City and local partners can maximize economic assets, resources and services to grow economic activity; implement new technologies to improve services and opportunities for citizens; and partner with the private sector to become a center for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Economic Development Support Analysis

In September 2015, the City of Long Beach commissioned Beacon Economics, LLC with developing a report that would facilitate a more focused dialogue about economic conditions within the City.

The goal of the report is to provide timely quantitative indicators for the City of Long Beach. The report provides essential background information on the City’s economy, its workforce, and its residents that may serve as a reference as the City undertakes strategic economic and policy decisions that will help shape the future of the City. Moreover, it contains metrics that can be used to establish economic development, workforce, and other goals, and track progress toward those goals.

Part 1 of Beacon's analysis may be found here.

A presentation of the Economic Development Support Analysis was included on the agenda of the following public commission meeting:

Special Meeting: Economic Development Support Analysis
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
333 W Ocean Boulevard
Special meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.

Draft Blueprint for Economic Development

The Draft Blueprint embraces policy recommendations that identify broad focus areas that will drive economic growth over the next ten years, such as: key industry clusters and emerging sectors, economic inclusion, workforce development, business assistance, the development environment, quality of life, and economic leadership and cooperation.

The Economic Development Commission’s recommendations for the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development may be found here.

The Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the Economic and Property Development Department, is in the process of finalizing the Blueprint. We encourage the public to attend upcoming Economic Development Commission meetings to stay up to date on the Blueprint and provide input regarding implementation.

Economic Development Commission Meetings

The Economic Development Commission meets regularly on the last Tuesday of every month. Meeting agendas can be found online by clicking here. Following is a list of upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
333 W Ocean Boulevard
EDC meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
333 W Ocean Boulevard
EDC meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
333 W Ocean Boulevard
EDC meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.