PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/9/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 100915
Subject:
Community Invited to Open Data Forums
Contact:
Bryan Sastokas
Chief Information Officer
562.570.6455
Bryan.Sastokas@longbeach.gov
Danielle Mitchell
Administrative Officer
562.570.7079
Danielle.Mitchell@longbeach.gov
The community is invited to participate in a series of forums to help develop the City’s policies for Open Data, which includes categories such as budget, inspections, code enforcement, crime, permits and lobbyist activities.

“The Open Data Initiative gives the creative community and entrepreneurs access to our City's data so that they can develop new ways to meet the needs of our City,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This will improve efficiency, increase transparency, community engagement, and accountability, and drive further innovation.”

Community input will help the City better understand the types of data that people are seeking, whether for academic research, developing mobile apps, analyzing business and real estate opportunities, or simply a better understanding of their government and its finances.

The forums will feature panel discussions, and are scheduled:

• Saturday, October 10, 12:00 to 2:00 pm, Made, 236 Pine Avenue, with an Innovation Expo.
• Saturday, October 17, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Long Beach City College, 4901 Carson Street, Room T1200, with a panel discussion.
• Monday, November 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, California State University, Long Beach, 1212 Bellflower Boulevard, Student Union Beach Auditorium, with a panel discussion.

The forums are sponsored by members of the Technology and Innovation Commission, and are part of Long Beach’s Innovation Week(s), in partnership with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and Los Angeles County’s Innovation Week(s). Innovation Week(s) are a countywide celebration of the depth and breadth of innovation and creativity within our region.

To join the online discussion about open data, visit http://speakuplb.org. To share thoughts about open data online, visit www.longbeach.gov/open-data-survey. For more information about Innovation Week(s), visit www.longbeach.gov/iteam.