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Music, The Ocean And History: How Queen Mary Became One Of California's Hottest Concert Venues 8/15/2018 Long Beach, California's Queen Mary has had many lives since its inception in the 1930s. It served for 31 years as a luxury cruise liner before retiring in Long Beach in 1967. Since then it has been a world-famous tourist destination, a haunted house, home to weddings and proms, and more.
The Beacon, Long Beach’s Latest Affordable Housing Complex, Begins to Take Shape 8/6/2018 It is one of the more progressive affordable housing projects in Long Beach: beautiful in design, centrally located near transit and Downtown while also neighboring the Senior Arts Colony, and catering to veterans and senior citizens.
Port of Long Beach Headed for Record Breaking Year as Trade War With China escalates 7/31/2018 The port’s June report showed that container volume increased 14.2 percent compared to June 2017, with the equivalent of roughly 752,000 standard-size containers shipped to and from the facility, which was 4.4 percent higher than the port’s previous record month.
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Talking Business With The City Council: Councilmember Lena Gonzalez, 1st District 7/30/2018 Councilwoman Lena Gonzales speaks on the evolution of District 1 and the evercharging ambiance that has made it a growing business hub. Gonazales also provides a sneak peak into new programs and policies that will help small businesses take advantage of the growing local economy.
Port Supports Maritime Excellence Center At Long Beach City College 7/30/2018 Community college students interested in middle-skills jobs in global logistics and international trade have a new route to help guide them into a career, thanks to the Port of Long Beach.
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Long Beach Apartment Boom: Experts Agree All Indicators Remain Positive 7/30/2018 Demand for housing is not being met statewide, and cities are scrambling to catch up. With thousands of units under construction or planned, and ever-increasing rents, Long Beach is no different.
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Rents Continue To Increase For All Commercial Real Estate Markets 7/30/2018 Strong demand for all types of commercial real estate in Long Beach continues to put upward pressure on rental rates. Rents increased for office, retail and industrial space during the second quarter, according to reports by leading firms.
Long Beach Developer Ensemble Is Playing Off The City’s Positive Momentum 7/30/2018 In the midst of what some have called a renaissance, Long Beach has seen a mass uptick in the number of residential developments breaking ground. Countless companies are behind projects that will bring thousands of new units to the city.
Strong Demand To Live, Work In Long Beach Prices Increase Across Real Estate Markets 7/30/2018 Sales and lease prices in all real estate sectors in Long Beach are continuing to increase due to strong demand to live and work in the city, according to economists and real estate executives.
Grad Rates Up for Sixth Straight Year 7/26/2018 Graduation rates in the Long Beach Unified School District increased for the sixth year in a row, again surpassing state and county rates.
What You Might Not Know About Long Beach 7/26/2018 The skyline is changing daily in this often overlooked city of 500,000, only 90 minutes north of North County. In the last two decades, there’s been a transformation that is creating new spaces and exciting places for tourists and residents alike.
When Opportunity Knocks: Cities Eager To Take Advantage Of Opportunity Zones 7/25/2018

In Downtown Long Beach, million-dollar homes, high-end condominiums and luxury apartments line Ocean Boulevard, just a few steps from the beach. The waterfront has high-rise hotels, towering office buildings and chic retail and restaurants. The city also has pockets of abject poverty that could benefit from a new federal program designed to bring investment and development into blighted areas

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Long Beach Christens New Luxury Dining, Special Events Vessel MV Sir Winston 7/24/2018 Sir Winston, a luxury private dining and special event yacht, cruised its way into the Long Beach waters, Tuesday, July 24, and officially docked at Rainbow Harbor.
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Long Beach Small Business Monitor: Key Challenge for LB Small Businesses Today - Finding Qualified Workers 7/23/2018 Finding new employees is a challenge for many small business people today. This may be holding back small business growth and damping down hiring exceptions. There are excellent local resources that are available to Long Beach small business people seeking to find and hire new employees.
Massive retail complex Long Beach Exchange adds Lululemon, SusieCakes to growing tenant roster 7/19/2018 After announcing an impressive list of grub-hubs to its tenant roster, the massive sprawl of retail known as the Long Beach Exchange—dubbed "LBX" among its patrons and owners—has announced that luxury athletic wear purveyor Lululemon and sweets empire SusieCakes will be opening spaces at the center.
June Cargo Volume Up for Long Beach, Down for LA 7/17/2018 Cargo movement at the Port of Long Beach set a new record for the month of June while neighboring Port of Los Angeles saw a slight decrease in volume.
Long Beach-Based Virgin Orbit to bring orbital launch to the UK 7/16/2018 Virgin Orbit is bringing new orbital launch capabilities to the UK that will help expand the country’s space economy and accelerate satellite technology innovation.
Organic Fork
New Organic Food Option Opens In East Long Beach 7/16/2018 For five years, Ivan Flores has operated The Buffalo Spot across the street from Wilson High School. On June 13, he celebrated the soft opening of his latest concept, Organic Fork, just up the street at 5726 E. 7th St.
Proposed Long Beach housing centered around transit system 7/13/2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- More housing centered around the transit system is coming to Long Beach
Long Beach Multifamily Property Sells For $51M 7/12/2018

A 127-unit multifamily asset in Long Beach has sold for $51M, a sign that the city’s rental housing market outside of its downtown corridor is coming up, Stepp Commercial principal Robert Stepp said.

Real Deal
Long Beach resi complex sells for $123M; priciest trade there this year 7/12/2018 IMT Residential acquired a 291-unit apartment building in Long Beach for $123.4 million, making it the most expensive multifamily transaction there this year.
Business Beat
BUSINESS BEAT: LBX Gets Fit With New Businesses; Entrepreneurs Go To Boot Camp; Cleaner Port Trucks Roll Out 7/12/2018 LBX Gets Fit With New Businesses; Entrepreneurs Go To Boot Camp; Cleaner Port Trucks Roll Out
More apartments added to plan for Long Beach Verizon building 7/11/2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The renovation plans for the former Verizon building in Long Beach have changed to increase the number of apartments.
San Pedro Fish Market moving forward with second, full-fledged location in Long Beach (massive trays of seafood included) 7/10/2018 Mike Ungaro’s San Pedro Fish Market, open since 1956, is moving forward with a full-fledged second location right here in Long Beach along Alamitos Bay, replacing Joe’s Crab Shack at 6550 Marina Dr.
Engineering: Sector Booming Despite Tight Labor Market 7/2/2018 As of 2016, there were 303,500 civil engineers in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Reviewing current trends, the bureau projects an additional 32,200 engineers by 2026.
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Real Estate & Development News 7/2/2018 Work Has Begun On New Industrial Campus, Sale Of LBCC Property Approved, Downtown Residential Project Approved, An Update On The Long Beach Exchange, What’s New In Bixby Knolls, and Real Estate Firm Announced New Long Beach Location
HOW LONG BEACH PROTOTYPED A PARK USING CITYMART 7/2/2018 In 2015, the City of Long Beach set out to position itself as Southern California’s innovation engine: a city that welcomes, supports, and ultimately exports advancements in technology.
Aviation/Aerospace: Commercial And General Aviation Remain Strong, Following Economy’s Lead 7/2/2018 Due to the strengthening economy, businesses and households have found themselves with more discretionary income, which is directly translating to increased sales and passenger numbers for commercial and general aviation, according to industry experts.
Business Improvement District Leaders Express Optimism Amidst Challenges 7/2/2018 Despite competition from e-commerce outlets such as Amazon, leaders of Long Beach business improvement districts expressed a positive outlook for Long Beach retailers during the rest of 2018.
Construction: Sector Remains Strong Despite Workforce And Federally Induced Challenges 7/2/2018 Growth in the construction industry is strong and very well distributed by sector and geography, according to experts. The nation’s low unemployment rate and recent actions by the federal government have presented challenges for companies to overcome, but have not impacted the demand for work.
Economic Outlook
National, Regional Economic Outlook Positive For Remainder Of Year, Despite Trade Skirmishes 7/2/2018 Unemployment is low, tax cuts are putting more money in consumers’ pockets and allowing for business investments, and wages are increasing – all factors that lead economists to believe that the remainder of 2018 should be positive, with an expected gross domestic product increase of around 3%.
Beach Is in This California Town’s Name, but It Offers Much More 6/26/2018 Long Beach has a cute and compact downtown, good food, ethnic and cultural diversity, a thriving L.G.B.T. community, and some unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities.
Long Beach Sees Historically Low Unemployment Rate 6/22/2018 LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Long Beach is experiencing historically low unemployment rates at 4.1 percent, and residents are feeling the job growth.
2U, Inc. Agrees to Acquire CritiqueIt, Inc 6/21/2018 The company’s industry-leading annotation software will enhance the teaching and learning experience in 2U-powered programs and short courses
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With Debut Of Flashy Fountains, Convention Center Improvements Come Full Circle – So What’s Next? 6/18/2018 The debut of the new Terrace Theater plaza fountains in mid-May represented the culmination of a master plan to transform the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center’s underutilized venues into turnkey event spaces that are not only contemporary, functional and visually unique, but that also offer a cost savings to clients.
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More Hotel Investment On The Way - Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Be Pumped Into Long Beach Market 6/18/2018 Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in new hotel developments in Long Beach, with the downtown area alone to see the introduction of nearly 1,000 new hotel rooms over the next several years.
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Long Beach Tourism Professionals Upbeat As Summer Approaches 6/18/2018 Long Beach’s largest attractions and tourism-based businesses are apparently reaping the benefits of a solid economy and bustling convention center, with executives and business owners interviewed by the Business Journal all expressing upbeat attitudes going into the summer.
Education Series That Will Provide Long Beach Entrepreneurs the Tools and Skills Needed to Develop & Launch Green Tech Businesses Advances to The My LA2050 Activation Challenge Finals 6/18/2018 The Sustainable Tech Intellectual Property Education Series (STIPES) advances to the my LA2050 Activation Challenge Finals. Voting will begin June 19, 2018.
Turkish, Vietnamese, Mexican and Canadian Cuisine to Land at LBX Development this Year 6/8/2018

More tenants were announced today by the East Long Beach development Long Beach Exchange (LBX), joining a diverse list of retailers already open for business.

Real Estate & Development 6/4/2018 New Commercial Space Coming To Bixby Knolls, Pine Avenue Business Owner Opens Nation’s First Fitness Parklet, Ramen Hub In Bixby Knolls, Construction Employment Continues To Increase Nationwide.
Long Beach partners with nonprofits for small business crowdfunding campaign 6/1/2018 As Long Beach continues to become a magnet for businesses big and small, the city recently partnered with nonprofits to help entrepreneurs obtain zero-interest loans to start or grow their businesses through internet crowdfunding campaigns.
The Place
The Place Breaks Ground At The Streets Downtown 5/26/2018 The Place at The Streets, a new 20-unit residential and mixed-use development on Fifth Street and Promenade North, broke ground last week.
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Local Resources To Develop A Successful Business From The Ground Up 5/21/2018 To attract business and foster growth and sustainability with those already here, the City has a number of programs to educate and assist entrepreneurs.
Expanded Online Resources Give Businesses A Leg Up 5/21/2018 The City of Long Beach is leveraging data and technology to make the city more accessible to new businesses and increase the productivity of existing ones.
Getting The Job Done: Pacific Gateway Initiatives To Address Long Beach Labor Market Needs 5/21/2018 To address a lack of connectivity between prospective employees and the workforce, Pacific Gateway is opening a new center located at 4811 Airport Way this July.
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Virgin Orbit: Continuing The Legacy Of Aerospace Innovation In Long Beach 5/21/2018 On a site steeped in Long Beach’s long history of aviation and aerospace innovation, Virgin Orbit is continuing that legacy with the development of a rocket launch system meant to provide more accessible, affordable small satellite launch services than are currently available.
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The LAB To “Canvas” North Long Beach With Maker Culture 5/21/2018 The LAB is preparing for its first foray into Long Beach with its development of 59 parcels spread out along the Atlantic Avenue corridor, collectively and tentatively named Canvas.
International Trade And The Port Of Long Beach 5/21/2018 The Port of Long Beach is on track to surpass 2017, its best year ever for cargo throughput. Overall cargo volumes through the port increased by more than 17% through the first four months of 2018.
Investors spend nearly $1 billion on Long Beach apartments, outpacing Greater LA 5/21/2018 Investors spent nearly $1 billion buying Long Beach area apartment buildings over a 12-month period, outpacing any other submarket in Greater Los Angeles.
Small-scale investors flocking to Long Beach seeking high returns 5/17/2018 Long Beach, once known as a blue-collar port city catering to manufacturing jobs, is sleepy no more. The rising tide of the Los Angeles residential real estate market has lately led a flock of investors to the city, located on the southern end of the county.
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Long Beach's Everyone In Summit Seeks Economic Equity 5/14/2018

A rising tide is supposed to lift all boats. That doesn't seem to be the case with the current booming economy, though, and the Everyone In movement is trying to do something about that.

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The Flourishing Industries Of Douglas Park: A Center For Economic Growth 5/7/2018

The companies located in Douglas Park represent a wide array of industries. Several hearken back to the aviation roots of the site.

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CSULB Economic Forum: U.S. Approaching Record Economic Expansion; Long Beach Experiencing Development Boom 5/7/2018 The sold-out event – presented by the CSULB Department of Economics, Office  of Economic Research – took place on April 25 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. 
Across All Sectors, Real Estate Seeing Increased Pricing And Strong Occupancy 5/7/2018 A strong economy has led to increases in rental rates across all sectors of real estate, with no sign of stopping, according to economists and real estate experts. 
Hotel Study
Hotel Market Study Predicts More Demand, Especially For Business Travel 5/7/2018 A study of the Long Beach hotel market, conducted by BAE Urban Economics and real estate consultant group Maurice Robinson & Associates, predicted that long-term demand for hotel rooms will increase through 2040, especially among business travelers
Bringing ‘Something Special’ To Douglas Park: Long Beach Exchange Pays Homage To The Past While Looking To The Future 5/7/2018 Businesses have begun opening their doors at Long Beach’s largest experiential shopping center, with many more highly anticipated vendors to come. 
Internet Access
Internet Access May Soon Improve in Downtown, Northwest Long Beach 5/3/2018 Long Beach could see faster and stronger internet coverage in the coming months, especially in neighborhoods where access is lacking.
DLBA, CSULB Release Downtown’s 2018 Economic Profile 5/3/2018 The Downtown Long Beach Alliance and California State University, Long Beach’s Office of Economic Research partnered for a second year to survey downtown business owners and create the 2018 Downtown Long Beach Economic Profile.
Trendy Long Beach Exchange development starting to take shape at Douglas Park 5/2/2018 Three anchor tenants have opened and others are soon to follow at the Long Beach Exchange development that’s reshaping Douglas Park.
World Famous VIP Records Launching New Business Incubation Center to Help Start Up Small Businesses 5/2/2018 Last Friday, the World Famous VIP Records introduced the new World-Famous VIP Business Incubator and Multi Media Center to city staff and community leaders. 
New Affordable Housing Complex, Dedicated to At-Risk Populations, Proposed for Development in Central Long Beach 5/1/2018

The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), the body that oversees and administrates the City of Long Beach’s affordable housing funds, has voted to approve an negotiation with Long Beach-based LINC Housing Corporation for the development of a massive property at the southeast corner of Magnolia and Pacific Coast Hwy.

Mayor Robert Garcia Has a Plan to Put Long Beach on the Tech Map 4/27/2018

If anyone is at the center of everything relevant in politics and culture today, it’s the 28th mayor of Long Beach, Calif., Robert Garcia.

Queensway Bay in Long Beach, Calif., with the Queen Mary and docks in the distance. A $250 million entertainment and hotel complex is planned for the waterfront next to the Queen Mary. Credit Jake Michaels for The New York Times
After Years of Decline, a California Port City Sheds Its Past 4/24/2018 About three dozen development projects, valued around $3.5 billion, are underway or in the pipeline in Long Beach.
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Program Listens To Entrepreneurial Pitches In Long Beach 4/16/2018 One organization is providing a platform for people to pitch their business ideas and raise an open ear to others.
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Local Leaders Discuss Expansion of Job Opportunities for Residents with Disabilities 4/3/2018 Dozens of local leaders gathered last Thursday at the Long Beach office of the College Internship Program (CIP) to discuss opportunities to help more Long Beach residents with disabilities find jobs, RespectAbility announced.
Long Beach hotels, restaurants and other tourism sites plan second combined job fair 3/26/2018 Last year, Long Beach hotels, restaurants and other tourist-related industries joined forces as the Long Beach Hospitality Alliance to both increase the industry’s visibility and expand the labor pool. They’re doing it again.
Long Beach Airport Sets Record For Passenger Numbers And Awaits Additional Improvements 3/26/2018 The Long Beach Airport (LGB) saw more than 3.78 million passengers depart and arrive through its concourses in 2017, 250,000 more passengers than originally projected by airport staff.
Business Beat
BUSINESS BEAT: Survey 'Upbeat' For Small Businesses; Local Super Docs Named; Subs Help Cause; Cargo Numbers 3/22/2018 “Still upbeat” is the phrase of choice for small business optimism levels in 2018, according to the Long Beach Small Business Expectations Index published annually by California State University, Long Beach.
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Plenty to do in Carnival's Long Beach Home 3/15/2018 With a new ship coming next year, Carnival Cruise Line had its pick of more than a dozen U.S. cities for a homeport. But when it arrives in 2019, the Carnival Panorama will be headed for Long Beach, Calif.
Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Grand Reopening of Expanded Terminal in Long Beach 2/13/2018 Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its official grand reopening of the Long Beach Cruise Terminal renovation and expansion on Saturday.
Long Beach Has 'Limitless' Opportunities for Developers and Brokers 2/12/2018

The Economic Development Department is preparing to launch its new “Limitless” campaign to showcase the city's real estate potential.

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$100-million outdoor coastal mall replacing obsolete Long Beach hotel 12/26/2017 A sprawling, run-down hotel near the water in southeast Long Beach is being replaced with a laid-back $100-million outdoor mall that will make food and leisure front and center.
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Education and assistance are key when locating a business Downtown 12/18/2017 Choosing a location to open, relocate or expand a business is an important decision with many potential pitfalls and challenges.
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More assistance resources than ever for long beach entrepreneurs 12/18/2017 When it comes to business assistance, the City of Long Beach is working with several partners to create innovative solutions, some of which are the first of their kind...
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Who's Investing in Long Beach 11/6/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia frequently describes the city as “booming.” One of the measures he uses to demonstrate this is the number of developments underway and planned citywide.
Vice Mayor Richardson Launches “Everyone In” Initiative, Addressing Economic Inclusion 11/3/2017 This spring the city council adopted the Blueprint for Economic Development, a guide meant to prioritize the creation of businesses, well-paying jobs and economic inclusion for all Long Beach residents for the next ten years.
Educator-Turned Chocolatier Opens Gourmet Confection Shop on Long Beach’s Growing Decadent Row 10/11/2017 If you would have asked Romeo Garcia ten years ago what his future would hold for him, being a professional chocolatier in his own kitchen on Pine Avenue would not have been his answer.
Small Business Showcase: 4th Street’s Retro Row 10/9/2017 In 2002, Gary Farley began pursuing his dream of owning a record store. He opened up shop in Costa Mesa but ultimately closed down. Farley began selling records in the back of a Long Beach women’s boutique clothing store owned by a friend in 2012.
The 2028 Summer Olympics is Coming to Long Beach 9/13/2017 The LA 2028 campaign tweeted this morning that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially confirmed that Los Angeles will be the host city of the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Downtown Long Beach Associates Launch Woman Owned Business Accelerator 9/1/2017 The Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) Woman Owned Business Accelerator Program is now accepting notices of intent to apply for a total award bucket of $15,000. Notices of intent are due Tuesday, September 5, and will be followed by a Facebook Live Information Session Q&A to be held Wednesday.