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Release Date: 2019-03-20

As an educator and mayor, I strongly believe California State University, Long Beach is one of the best assets we have as a city. In 2017, President Jane Close Conoley and I announced a joint initiative to bring the university to downtown Long Beach. We announced plans to create a University Village, including classrooms, residences, labs and art gallery space.

We took a huge step forward toward our goal last night when we approved phase one of the Village: a one million dollar grant over ten years to the CSULB Foundation in support of brand new continuing education classrooms in the heart of downtown.
This is not only great for the education of our residents, but it’s also a game changer for downtown, bringing new development, fresh ideas and exciting energy to the neighborhood.

The grant will support 16 classrooms with 25 seats each for a total of 400 new seats through the College of Professional and International Education. Blue Line adjacent, just steps from Pine Avenue, and within walking distance of our Civic Center and St. Mary Medical Center, the new educational hub provides unparalleled ease for students and faculty to engage in the community and enhance the cultural and economic life of our downtown, including many opportunities for jobs and internships.

Eventually, the expanded CSULB Village is planned to house hundreds of students.

Educational opportunities are crucial to the economic development of Long Beach and the City is lucky to have outstanding partners in CSULB and the CSULB Foundation. I’m committed to continuing to support expanded educational opportunities for Long Beach and to supporting economic development by integrating our educational institutions as fully into the fabric of our city as possible. Last night’s action was an important step in that continued progress.

My thanks to Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and to CSULB President Jane Close Conoley for their hard work on this transformative project, as well as to the Pacific Gateway Investment Network for partnering with us to implement this grant.

Go Long Beach!
Mayor Robert Garcia