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Mayor Rex Richardson Announces Appointment of Workforce and Economic Development Leader Lucius Martin as Deputy Mayor of Economic Development
Deputy Mayor Martin, formerly Long Beach Business Development Officer, to Oversee Mayor’s Grow Long Beach Initiative and Strategic Economic Development Priorities
Malini Basu
Communications Director
Office of Mayor Rex Richardson
Dorian Bonner
Communications Deputy
Office of Mayor Rex Richardson

LONG BEACH, CA — At a luncheon today, hosted by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rex Richardson announced the appointment of Lucius Martin to the position of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development. Martin will oversee the Mayor’s Grow Long Beach Initiative, which focuses on boosting growth in 5 key sectors: aerospace, goods movement, tourism, education, and healthcare. The new position will also serve as an important liaison for the business community—the first of its kind in the Mayor’s office.

“Mr. Martin has demonstrated a proven track record of capable and effective leadership during his time with the City as a workforce development leader and relationship builder,” said Mayor Richardson. “I am thrilled to welcome him to the team and look forward to his contributions as we grow our Long Beach economy in new and exciting directions.”

Deputy Mayor Martin has served the City of Long Beach for 10 years, where he most recently led the Business Development Bureau within the Economic Development Department. His efforts have focused on attracting, recruiting, and retaining businesses with emphasis on Space Beach, advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs, and workforce development. 

“Mayor Richardson has put forth an exciting vision for the future of our city, and Long Beach is heading in the right direction,” said Deputy Mayor Martin. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my service to the City of Long Beach and take on this new role, where I can help attract new businesses, boost our local economy, and ensure opportunity is extended to all parts of our city.”

Deputy Mayor Martin is expected to step into his role in mid-March.

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About Mayor Richardson: Rex Richardson is a husband, father, and the 29th Mayor of Long Beach.

Mayor Richardson’s history in Long Beach is grounded in empowering communities to have a seat at the table. He believes that everyone, no matter their circumstance, deserves the opportunity to thrive. He works to change the culture of city hall to be smarter, more inclusive, and more responsive to the needs of our neighborhoods, businesses, and families while ensuring an equitable future for all.

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