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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Regional Network

South Bay Economic Development Partnership


South Bay Economic Development PartnershipThe 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.