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OP-ED: Why the City of Long Beach Should Reinstate its Economic Development Department

By Eric Gray | For a city our size with a high population and unemployment rate, it is troubling to me that we currently do not have an Economic Development Department. An Economic Development Department in my view could help ease unemployment, spur job growth, and revitalize neighborhoods while at the same time create a return on investment for our city through sales tax revenues and increased economic activity.