The public is invited to provide input on the City’s vision for strengthening economic development, during a study session at the Economic Development Commission (Commission) meeting on Tuesday, November 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor Conference Room. The Commission will consider the public input when developing Economic Development Blueprint (Blueprint) policy recommendations for economic development to the City Council.
“Long Beach has seen tremendous growth and increased prosperity over the past few years, and the Blueprint will ensure that growth continues and prosperity is shared by all,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our Economic Development Commissioners bring great skill and experience to this process, and I want to thank them for the hard work they are doing on behalf of the city.”
The topic of the study session is Business Environment. Two additional public Blueprint study sessions are planned for special Commission meetings on Tuesday, December 6, (Infrastructure and Engines of Economic Growth) and Tuesday, December 13 (Creative Economy and the Innovation Economy). Both will be held at the City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room, and will begin at 4:00 pm.
The study sessions build on nearly a year and a half of expert interviews, literature review, economic analysis, and public outreach efforts, consisting of community meetings, scoping meetings, and Commission study sessions. The proposed Blueprint will reflect the values of the community and set forth goals, policies, and standards for guiding the future vision of shared prosperity for the City.
The City Council is expected to consider the Blueprint in March 2017.
In 2015, the Commission was charged with creating the Blueprint. The City tasked Beacon Economics, LLC, with developing a report to provide timely data and background about the City’s economy, workforce, and residents. The Economic Development Support Analysis has been completed, and will serve to inform the creation of the Blueprint, and contains metrics to establish economic development goals and track progress.
For more information visit www.longbeach.gov/blueprint or contact Eric Romero at Eric.Romero@longbeach.gov or at 562.570.5157.
Those that are unable to attend the study sessions can provide input via Speak Up, Long Beach! at http://speakuplb.org/discussions/economic-development-blueprint, or by email to Eric.Romero@longbeach.gov.
About Long Beach Economic & Property Development Department
The mission of the Economic and Property Development Department is to create a focused effort on economic development services, foster and encourage business and job growth, facilitate business relocation and expansion, and increase economic activity while maintaining the quality and strength of our neighborhoods. Visit us at www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment.