A strategy to coordinate economic activity across City departments and sectors to foster investment and growth.
For nearly a decade, the city of Long Beach did not have an economic development plan. In 2015, Mayor Robert Garcia and City Council requested the City’s Economic Development Commission, with the assistance of City Staff and the Innovation Team (i-team), to prepare an Economic Development Blueprint.
This strategy will involve a number of recommendations about how the city can maximize use of talent, property, and infrastructure to grow economic activity; implement new technologies to improve services and opportunities for citizens; and to partner with the private sector to become a center for innovation and entrepreneurship.
This blueprint will involve extensive outreach across categories of initiatives — economic opportunity, planning land use, technology, mobility, energy distribution and use, natural resources, utilities, public safety, among others.
Due to the depth and breadth of the blueprint, we enlisted several organizations, like the CA Employment Development Department, to help with sourcing data and strategy.
The success of this blueprint calls for cross-departmental collaboration as well as engaging with the private sector and external stakeholders in new, innovative ways.
Our goal is to develop key measures and specific objectives that will help track progress over time with quarterly check-ins to look at the measures and discuss the progress.
As part of our Business Analytics Initiative, we are assisting the Economic & Property Development Department with economic data, a survey of business leaders, and the development of recommendations for economic growth.
will include a work plan for further assessment and strategy development accompanied by a digital tracking dashboard.
Based on extensive interviews, and available data, we will recommend a number of focus areas and a detailed strategy for developing each.
In FY 2017, we will be assisting in the development of technology, infrastructure, and reporting tools to publicly track progress.
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