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.

Average Downtown Resident is Young, Educated DLBA Report Says

Recently, the Downtown Long Beach Associates released its annual Economic Profile, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Downtown’s economic landscape. According to the report, the average resident in Downtown today is a young, educated professional with higher than average earning potential–a new trend that has only emerged over the last decade along with the area’s growing population.