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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.

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 supportive economic ecosystem that creates reliable pathways for entrepreneurs to confidently start and grow successful business.
  • Create 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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Latest News

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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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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’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.
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Press Releases

After reaching incredible unemployment numbers in May 2017 (4.4 percent), the City of Long Beach continued the trend in May 2018, dropping to 4.1 percent, a 10.5 percent drop in the last eight years. There are now a record 230,000 employed residents in the City.
During the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 86th annual meeting in Boston yesterday, Wells Fargo announced that City of Long Beach’s Mayor Robert Garcia received a $300,000 grant on behalf of Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership with the 2018 CommunityWINS®Grant Program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
The City of Long Beach has officially launched Kiva Long Beach. Through the Kiva Long Beach Initiative, Long Beach entrepreneurs can now access no-fee loans to start or grow their business, and residents can help local small businesses with loans as small as $25. 
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