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$3.9 million grant will help transition C-17 plant

A $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment will help the City of Long Beach develop a comprehensive transition plan for the C-17 plant and surrounding site, its workforce, and businesses in the region’s manufacturing cluster.

“This is a unique opportunity to turn the closure of the C-17 plant into a transformative moment for the City of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The investment made by the Department of Defense will help strengthen Long Beach’s economy, and solidify our City’s role as a leader in industry and innovation.”

The City will engage a number of stakeholder groups, industry champions, and workforce leaders to develop a vision for the property that restores employment, and builds on Long Beach’s rich history as a manufacturing leader.

“For decades, the Boeing C-17 program has brought a great sense of pride to our Long Beach community and to our nation," said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. "This DOD grant will be extremely helpful as we look toward the future and find innovative ways to catalyze new workforce and business development opportunities on this storied site."

The two-year project, developed and administered in partnership with the City’s Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board, will focus on three key areas: future uses for the C-17 plant and surrounding site; diversifying the regional supply chain for continued growth; and the development of a workforce skills platform to assist impacted workers looking to transition into new employment.

The City has begun to reach out to industry, education, and economic leaders to begin developing the project plan. These efforts will include opportunities for community input, various studies and analyses on potential site usage, and a broad effort to engage and support businesses connected to the C-17 supply chain.

The Office of Economic Adjustment helps communities adjust to defense industry cutbacks, base closures, and other impacts due to changes in military operations.

Several acres of former Boeing manufacturing sites have already become successful commercial real estate developments, including Douglas Park.

Unemployment Rate at Seven-Year Low

The unemployment rate in Long Beach continues to decline and has reached a seven-year low, dropping to 7.6 percent as of August 2015.


Long Beach Innovation Week(s) is Oct 2 – 22, 2015

The community is invited to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship in Long Beach by participating in Long Beach Innovation Week(s), from October 2 to 22, 2015, as part of a countywide celebration of the depth and breadth of innovation and creativity within our region.

We want your input.

The community review process for the Long Beach Minimum Wage Study will involve a series of public meetings in September, October and November.

The City of Long Beach Launches Map It

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Special Events: This Week

  • Live After 5 on Elm Street

    Location: City Lot 7 @ Elm and Broadway - Elm and Broadway NW, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
    Date: October 08, 2015 5:00 pm - October 08, 2015 10:00 pm

  • Long Beach Marathon

    Location: Marina Green & City Streets - Marina Green, 386 East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
    Date: October 10, 2015 6:00 am - October 10, 2015 2:00 pm

  • Bixby Park Farmers Market

    Location: Bixby Park - 2001-2099 East 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
    Date: October 10, 2015 10:00 am - October 10, 2015 3:00 pm

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Meetings & Notices

  • 10/6/2015

    City Council Meeting
    Council Chamber, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    City of Long Beach City Council

    Contact: 562-570-6101


  • 10/6/2015

    CERT General Membership Meeting
    Fire Headquarters
    3205 Lakewood Blvd.
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • 10/7/2015

    AOC7 Monthly Meeting
    1323 Gundry Avenue, Long Beach, CA @ MacArthur Park
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Please see the AOC7 Facebook page for more information

  • 10/8/2015

    C.A.R.E to Dine 2015
    Please check the hours of operation for participating restaurants
    10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM


  • 10/8/2015

    CPCC Meeting
    City Council Chambers 

  • 10/10/2015

    Native Plant Sale and Festival
    El Dorado Nature Center
    9:00 AM

  • 10/10/2015

    Bixby Park Farmers Market on Saturdays
    130 Cherry Avenue at Broadway
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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