Press Release Archive
Community Visioning for New African American Cultural Center Drew in a Crowd of Community Stakeholders 2/1/2019 On the evening of Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the City of Long Beach and Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin kicked off a City-wide effort to create an operating vision for an African American Cultural Center, to serve as a community hub for African American arts, culture, and history.
Six Honorees to be Inducted into Newly Designed Equality Plaza Honor Wall at Harvey Milk Promenade Park 5/15/2018 The community is invited to the 2018 Equality Plaza Induction Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 11:00 am.
City of Long Beach Awarded up to $1 Million to Disrupt the Cycle of Incarceration 5/8/2018 The City of Long Beach has received two grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation totaling up to $1 million to fund the Long Beach Justice Lab.
City of Long Beach Launches Justice Lab 1/16/2018 This January, the City of Long Beach launched a first-of-its kind Justice Lab to provide new tools to first responders to divert residents in need out of the criminal justice system and toward much-needed resources like treatment and care.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Innovation Month by Hosting Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit 11/6/2017 The City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) is hosting the Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit in celebration of Long Beach Innovation Month (InnovateLB).
Long Beach i-team Reports Progress on Public Safety Priority 10/10/2017 Today, the Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team) reported to City Council regarding progress made on its Public Safety Priority. Guided by data analysis, the i-team has focused its research on High Frequency Offenders, individuals with eleven or more citations and bookings over a five-year period in the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Business Portal ‘BizPort’ Wins National Recognition 9/17/2017 The City of Long Beach online Business Portal, BizPort, has been recognized with a national Government Experience Award in the Government-to-Business category, by the Center for Digital Government.
Community Invited to Attend Queer Art Pop-Up at Harvey Milk Park 7/24/2017 The City of Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team), in collaboration with Work Evolution and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, will host a pop-up art event featuring visual art, performing art, and an Open...
City Council Approves Draft of Citywide Blueprint for Economic Development 4/5/2017 On April 4, 2017, City Council approved the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development that informs the City’s overall economic development work plan for the next ten years, by a unanimous vote.
Trans Day of Visibility at Harvey Milk Park on Friday, March 31 3/28/2017 The City of Long Beach, in collaboration with Work Evolution, will be hosting Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) at Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to come and enjoy opera, theater, and spoken word that celebrates and raises awareness on the current struggle and discrimination faced by transgender people.
Community Invited to Series of Events to Further Activate Harvey Milk Park 2/22/2017 The community is invited to attend a series of events designed to further activate Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) throughout February and March.
City of Long Beach Releases 2016 Crime Statistics, Murders Decrease by 8.3% 1/23/2017 Final year-end crime statistics unveiled today indicate that the most serious crime of murders dropped by 8.3% in 2016, and that overall crime in the City of Long Beach remained essentially flat when compared to 2015 levels.
Tracy Colunga Named Innovation Team Director 12/15/2016 Today City Manager Patrick H. West named Tracy Colunga the Director of the City’s Innovation Team (i-team). Ms. Colunga brings more than 10 years of professional experience with the City of Long Beach, including eight years in a management capacity.
Harvey Milk Park Transformation Underway 11/30/2016 As a part of its broader economic development efforts, the City of Long Beach is transforming Harvey Milk Promenade Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) into an outdoor, public collaborative space that encourages creativity and interaction. From December 5 to December 16, 2016, the community is invited to test and vote on the types of furniture, charging stations, and technology solutions they would like to see at the 500-square-foot City park located at 185 East 3rd Street.
Provide Input on City’s Blueprint for Prosperity; Attend Economic Development Study Sessions 11/22/2016 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.
City of Long Beach Named Top 10 Digital City Six Years in a Row 11/17/2016 For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been named a Top 10 Digital City, surpassing numerous other cities in a national survey that spotlights municipalities best demonstrating how information and communication technologies are used to enhance public-sector service.
City of Long Beach Joins White House Data Driven Justice Initiative 10/17/2016 The City of Long Beach has joined the White House Data Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ), joining more than 100 cities seeking to disrupt the cycle of incarceration.
City of Long Beach Launches ‘BizPort’ New Business Portal 10/5/2016 The City of Long Beach today launched its new online Business Portal, BizPort, a digital ombudsman to help entrepreneurs easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business. BizPort launched during Innovation Week, which features a series of public events throughout October highlighting the creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Long Beach.
Long Beach a Finalist for Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County 9/22/2016 The City of Long Beach is a finalist for the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County, an annual award bestowed by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). In 2009 Long Beach received the Eddy Award as the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County.
Long Beach Announces Innovation Initiatives to Help Businesses Start and Grow 5/5/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia today announced a series of initiatives to help small businesses start and grow in the City of Long Beach. The initiatives, which were driven by the city’s Innovation Team, include an online business portal and new local purchasing guidelines for city agencies, clarify and simplify the startup process for new businesses and add additional resources to help existing small businesses grow.
'The Outdoor Office' Concept Wins $300,000 Knight Cities Challenge, Will Transform Harvey Milk Park 4/12/2016 The City of Long Beach announced it has been named a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge. The winning project, “The Outdoor Office,” will transform a portion of Harvey Milk Park. By connecting the space to high powered Wi-Fi, providing charging stations, shade, creative and flexible seating, The Outdoor Office will provide workers and residents with a relaxing and refreshing workspace.
BreakThru Long Beach RFI Release Party Marks Milestone of Innovative Pilot Program 1/27/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia and the Long Beach i-team invite the public to the BreakThru Long Beach Request for Information (RFI) Release Party.
Long Beach One of Only Six Cities Selected for Code for America Partnership for 2016 Fellowship Program 11/18/2015 The City of Long Beach today announced a new partnership with Code for America for the 2016 Code for America Fellowship Program, to promote economic development opportunities. Only five other cities are in the Fellowship Program.
Long Beach Innovation Team Works With City Departments to Prioritize Five New Initiatives 10/13/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia and the City Council will receive a progress update at tonight’s City Council meeting on five new innovation and economic development initiatives that will be implemented by the City and community partners over the next year.
City of Long Beach Announces Innovation Week(s) 9/29/2015 The community is invited to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship in Long Beach by participating in Long Beach Innovation Week(s), from October 2 to 22, 2015, 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.
City of Long Beach Receives Grant Award For ‘Startup in a Day’ Pledge 8/5/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The award is to support the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will help entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process and cut the time to apply for permits and licenses.
City of Long Beach Kicks Off Creative Approach to Procurement 7/20/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and the Long Beach Community Foundation to support a partnership with Citymart. The New York-based firm connects cities with new ideas through “open challenges” that help the city focus on the problems that need to be solved instead of the products they need to buy. By issuing challenges in lieu of requests for proposals and specifications, cities receive proven, innovative solutions.
City of Long Beach Announces Innovation Team Members 5/18/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia announced today that Long Beach has hired its first Innovation Team (i-team), funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, to design and implement solutions that improve the lives of residents.
Long Beach Residents Can Now View Crime Incidents Online 1/1/0001 The Long Beach Police Department in collaboration with the Long Beach Technology and Innovation Department has developed a new crime incident mapping application that will make up-to-date crime activity information, occurring within the City, readily available for residents.
Grand Re-Opening of Harvey Milk Promenade Park will also Honor Three Community Leaders 1/1/0001 On Tuesday, May 14, Harvey Milk Promenade Park will celebrate its grand re-opening and honor three community leaders.