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Economic Development

The City of Long Beach Economic Development Department's mission is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. Whether you are a worker, developer, investor, or entrepreneur, we are here to help you succeed.

Our staff, along with partners across the City, offer the following core services to create a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive economic ecosystem:

  • Grow and strengthen established industry clusters and emerging sectors in Long Beach.
  • Increase access to economic opportunities in low-income communities to advance economic equity.
  • Build a support economic ecosystem that creates reliable pathways for entrepreneurs to confidently start and grow successful business.
  • Create a more responsive, cost-effective, and streamlined City processes to grow investment and development in the city.
  • Enhance quality of life to grow businesses, jobs, and investment that support a thriving local economy.
  • Advance an integrated approach to local and regional economic development to enhance business opportunities and global connectedness.

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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.
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.
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.
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The City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) is hosting the Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit in celebration of Long Beach Innovation Month (InnovateLB). The Summit will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Molina Center located at 200 Oceangate, 200 Tower, 15th Floor, Long Beach CA, 90802. The event will bring together government employees, City officials, university faculty and students, entrepreneurs, and community members to recognize the outstanding efforts around the use of open data, local government support, and facilitated design processes.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been named a Top Ten airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the third consecutive year, climbing four spots to #3 on the list from last year. LGB continues to be recognized nationally as a unique and welcoming airport, providing a first-class experience for all travelers.  
The City of Long Beach has received a Research Award as part of the 2017 Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge. The G4G Challenge is an annual competitive opportunity for local communities to gain tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America.
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