Growing Long Beach: Canadian Businesses Consider Expanding In Long BeachRelease Date: 2019-09-23
By Denny Cristales
Since city officials promoted Long Beach as a prime destination for business growth in Vancouver earlier this year, multiple Canadian businesses have expressed interest in expanding their operations to Long Beach, according to Seyed Jalali, the city’s economic development officer.
During a Vancouver tech conference in late February, city staff delivered a 90-minute presentation detailing the status of technology innovation in Long Beach, the increase in citywide real estate developments and the economic influence of educational partners such as California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach City College.
The trip was one of many steps to strengthen Long Beach’s economic relationship with Canada, per the city’s partnership agreement with the MAPLE Business Council established last November. The council, based in Tustin, was founded in 2015. “Our mission is to promote cross-border investment trade and entrepreneurship between Canada and Southern California,” said Co-founder Stephen Armstrong.
“The genesis of the partnership goes back to the [Economic Development] Blueprint, which specifically called for ways to help expand outreach to the global market,” Jalali said of the city’s partnership with MAPLE.