We are shifting our focus to the problems that need to be solved rather than the products the City needs to buy.
Through our partnership with Citymart, in lieu of issuing requests for proposals, we issued “open challenges,” which focus on the problem rather than the end-product. This helped the City receive a diverse set of proven and innovative solutions.
The objective of this project was to make it easier for first-time entrepreneurs to launch, do business, and grow in Long Beach. This Request for Proposals (RFP) was created to help new businesses navigate the process required to start a business in Long Beach by providing them with the necessary information before coming to the City to apply and by helping to resolve any confusion once the decision to apply has been made and the review process is underway. The RFP was broken down into three scopes: Business Navigators, Branding and Communication Strategy, and Hubs and Spaces.
This challenge combines with Launch, Do, Grow (above) in an effort to make it easier for first time entrepreneurs to launch, do business, and grow in Long Beach. Specifically this challenge asks how can the City of Long Beach catalyze a local ecosystem that supports the innovation economy? (i.e. startup, growth, long-term success of small business)
In this Request for Solution (RFS) the City is looking for innovative ways to capture, measure and analyze the number of people using community facilities, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, parks, libraries, beaches, and community centers in order to understand the value of public space today and inform the City’s continued efforts to make Long Beach a more walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented city.
This challenge sought innovative ways to increase and enhance recreational assets along the waterfront by (1) drawing more visitors to the beach and (2) encouraging them to get into the water. Despite having the longest coastline of any city in Southern California, the City’s beaches do not rank among the top 10 of most visited beaches in LA County.
This challenge, in conjunction with Launch, Do, Grow (above) and our Hubs and Spaces initiative, asked how can the city turn an accessible downtown plaza into a cutting edge outdoor space where people can work, meet, and collaborate outside of their traditional office space?
Currently, the city is in the process of activating Harvey Milk Park. We believe these public spaces will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and serve as catalysts in recruiting creative firms, co-working spaces, and collaborative enterprises and overall support the growth of local businesses in Long Beach.