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Office of Economic Research

The Office of Economic Research collects, coordinates, and makes available key economic information to help entrepreneurs and investors better understand the economic assets and opportunities that are available to them. Additionally, the Office tracks and reports key performance indicators related to the City’s economic development goals and programs.

Economic Development Support Analysis

In September 2015, the City of Long Beach commissioned Beacon Economics, LLC with developing multiple reports that would facilitate a more focused dialogue about economic conditions within the City.

The reports provide essential background information on the City’s economy, its workforce, and its residents that may serve as a reference as the City undertakes strategic economic and policy decisions that will help shape the future of the City. Moreover, they contain metrics that can be used to establish economic development, workforce, and other goals, and track progress toward those goals.

Economic Development Support Analysist Part 1: Economic Overview

Economic Development Support Analysis Part 2: Industry Cluster Analysis

Economic Development Support Analysis Part 3: Mid-Year Update

DataLB

DataLB is the city’s new public Geospatial & Open Data portal for exploring, visualizing and downloading data that has been made publicly available. You can also analyze and combine Open Data layers using Map Viewer and develop new web and mobile applications.

BizMap: Look up and export business license information in Long Beach. Search based on active, pending, or delinquent licenses.

Gateway Cities COG Property Site Selector: Find the right building, lot, or retail space for your business in southeast Los Angeles County.

A Livable Long Beach: This app describes capital improvements in store for Long Beach.

Economic Impact Study

The City of Long Beach has received a Research Award as part of the 2017 Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge. The G4G Research Award will result in a customized report that highlights the economic and demographic impacts of immigrants and refugees locally, including their tax contributions and spending power, roles in the local labor force, and population and demographic trends.

Research generated by the effort will provide a baseline understanding for the City, policy makers, and community-based organizations to build from to better support and include the individuals and families who immigrate to Long Beach. This report is expected to be released in January 2018.

What Works Cities

The City of Long Beach has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to become a What Works City. What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision making and engage residents.

This project will focus on how to make Long Beach more attractive to new businesses by reducing the start-up time for licensing and permitting. The project team from What Works Cities will use Long Beach business license data to identify opportunities and obstacles to speed-up the approval process; and, to help City in the Economic Development Department to assist new businesses with their applications.

For further information, please contact Eric Romero, Project Manager, at 562-570-6705.