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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other
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200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Regional Network

Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc.

Website: http://www.gatewaycities.org/

Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc.The Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc. is committed establishing local economies that are viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible. Achieving this goal requires participation from all sectors of the community, both to determine community needs and to identify and implement innovative and appropriate solutions. Recognizing the diversity of the region, the Partnership has developed a sustainability strategy that builds on the uniqueness of each of the region's cities and communities.

Region Served: South East Los Angeles County, including 27 cities, Artesia, Avalon, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Park, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South Gate, Vernon, Whittier

Population: Total regional population is 1.72 million, of whom 34.9% are foreign-born, 77% of the population increase in the 1990's was foreign-born

Size of Region: The region covers more than 200 square miles and extends from coastal Long Beach to the foothill communities of the north

Established: 1996

Overview

The Gateway Cities Partnership conducts community-based sustainability planning on an ongoing basis. In 2002, hundreds of people were included in a series of facilitated visioning and sustainability projects.

The partnership has several publications under its belt, including Gateway Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Gateway Cities Education Gap, and Immigration and the Regional Economy.

The Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) is a venture between the City of Paramount, Paramount Unified School District, and the Gateway Cities Partnership. The purpose is to dramatically increase the educational attainment of residents throughout the City of Paramount. A total of 538 people were convened as part this process in over 50 focus group meetings, of which 200 participated in a three-part process focus group meeting which included visioning, strategic analysis, strategic design and implementation development. The sessions resulted in a list of issues, strategies and suggested implementation steps.

The Partnership managed a $2.8 million grant that trained 600 precision machinists, creating a virtual training center for employers and employees.

The Partnership has established the Sustainable Community Project in the cities of Huntington Park, Maywood, Paramount, and Bell. A Real Estate Recycling Team was convened to develop innovative approaches to the reuse of industrial land within the region. The Partnership is a founding member of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California Statue University Long Beach, a neutral forum for employers, labor and public agencies to come together to work on regional transportation challenges. The Partnership also helps to oversee the growth of the Southern California port complex, which includes the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.