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Professional Services Executives Are Keen On Downtown Long Beach

Release Date: 2018-12-17

By: Pierce Nahigyan

Whether dealing in advertising or financial management, professional service providers in Downtown Long Beach all agree: it’s better there.

The professional services field includes knowledge-based occupations such as law, accounting, computer services, architecture, marketing and engineering. According to a recent report from the Center for a Competitive Workforce, a collaborative project of Los Angeles colleges and the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, this field is predicted to add 14,000 new jobs to the L.A. Basin by 2021. Much of its job growth has been driven by the growing role of technology and technical consulting. In Long Beach, downtown’s proximity to the port, diverse business environment and pool of local talent were all cited as major reasons why businesses locate to the city.

Founded in 1926 by William Norment Windes, the Windes accounting firm has been a stalwart member of the city’s professional community for 92 years, surviving through the Great Depression and the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. In nine decades, the firm has changed locations three times, all within roughly a quarter mile of each other. “We haven’t gone very far,” Managing Partner John Di Carlo told the Business Journal. “Not planning on going anywhere or anywhere else anytime soon.”

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