South Bay Economic Development Partnership
The South Bay Economic Development Partnership continues to plan
for the renaissance of Rosecrans Avenue in the Cities of Hawthorne,
Lawndale, and Gardena through a grant that was awarded to them from
the James Irvine Foundation. Through the Rosecrans East Project,
the SBEDP is facilitating an 18-month planning process for the purpose
of re-envisioning and redesigning this section of Rosecrans Avenue.
Projects like this seek to improve the economy in the region along
with the quality of life for residents and local employees.
Region Served: 15 incorporated cities, 15th district of the City
of Los Angeles, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Bounded on the
north by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and on the south
by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long
Population: Approximately 780,000
Size of Region: 161 Square Miles
Strategic Partners: California State University, Dominguez Hills;
Carson/Lomita/Torrance Workforce Investment Network; Los Angeles
County Economic Development Corporation; Los Angeles Harbor College;
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce; South Bay Cities Council
of Governments; South Bay Workforce Investment Board
Established: February 1997
The SBEDP partners with business, education, government, and community
to retain and create jobs and stimulate economic growth and quality
of life in the South Bay of Los Angeles County.
Ongoing projects include:
- Business Outreach and Assistance: This program targets 300
wealth creating businesses a month, with visits to thirty. Extensive
interviews are conducted with company executives to determine their
needs, desires, long-term planning, and short-term strategies.
A new addition to the program is the South Bay Blue Ribbon Business
Team, which takes county, state and federal officeholders on company
visits so the elected officials may learn of those issues affecting
local business firsthand.
- Events: Annual South Bay Economic Forecast Conference, Southern
California Real Estate Conference, Beyond Flight: A Celebration
of Space Enterprise Technology.
- Rosecrans East Project: Funded by a grant from the James
Irvine Foundation, this project addresses revitalization of 4.5
miles of a major commercial corridor running through the Cities
of Hawthorne, Lawndale, and Gardena.
- State of California WIA Grant: SBEDP partnered with NOVA
and the California Space Authority to address space-related employment,
training, and portable job training skills identification.