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LAEDC’s “Activate LA” Helps AltaSea Research Park Obtain $3 Million in Funding

By October 26, 2016 No Comments

Update (12/7/16) In addition to EDA funding secured by LAEDC and various partners (see below), AltaSea has been awarded $100,000 from the Goldhirsh Foundation and $250,000 from outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe.

LOS ANGELES, CA  (OCTOBER 26, 2016) – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) ACTIVATE LA subsidiary proudly announces that the AltaSea Research and Business Hub at the Port of Los Angeles took a big step forward to being realized due to  a regional collaborative effort, which included the bold leadership of L.A. City Councilmember Buscaino, to secure $3 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to finance “hard” infrastructure at the research facility.

ACTIVATE LA has played an active and meaningful role in AltaSea’s development up to this point and will continue to make AltaSea’s progress and success a top ACTIVATE LA priority. Applied research facilities such as AltaSea not only help to catalyze and accelerate innovation in a way that strengthens the comparative advantages of our own region’s key innovation-intensive industries vis-a-via other regions and nations, but these types of facilities help to create new industries that we don’t even know about today, whether through cross industry or inter-industry convergence, as, for example, between bioscience and water conservation technology, or by recombining older technologies and innovations into newer, more productive and valuable uses, such as with advanced algae protein-based processes for biofuels and power generation. In short, translational research facilities, such as AltaSea, are on the leading edge of 21st century economic development initiatives, which use local, national and global challenges, such as clean power generation and water scarcity, to foment new export-oriented industries and jobs.

“We have great respect for the EDA and our partners, who made this possible,” said Carolyn Hull, Executive Director of ACTIVATE LA.  “We are especially grateful to City of Los Angeles which embraced the opportunity to activate an underutilized publicly-owned real estate asset to help accelerate new marine-based applied research and innovation, which will spawn the next generation of marine-based industries here in L.A., along with new local investment; increased state and local tax revenue; and added direct, indirect and induced jobs, which is the primary mission of ACTIVATE LA.” Hull added, “This is economic development 101.”

It is anticipated that the century-old wharf will be transformed into a 35-acre marine research campus. According to grantee estimates, the project will create 220 jobs during a six-year period and attract $102 million in private investment.

Accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship is goal three in the 2016-2020 L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development, which provides specific ideas that our region can collaboratively implement to create the jobs of the future and increase prosperity for our region.  Learn about the Strategic Plan at www.LACountyStrategicPlan.com

About LAEDC ACTIVATE LA Subsidiary  (www.laedc.org/our-services/real-estate-advising/)

ACTIVATE LA (formerly“L.A. PLAN”) is a subsidiary of the LAEDC and partners with the public sector, nonprofits and philanthropic institutions throughout Los Angeles County to deliver real estate and financing solutions that attract businesses and jobs from the industries and sectors that are, or will be, leading the Los Angeles regional economy.  ACTIVATE LA deploys the multi-disciplined talent of the LAEDC staff and the LAEDC membership – including some of the region’s most prominent real estate attorneys, developers, architects, and financiers – to form public-private partnerships that accomplish the complementary dual goals to maximize the value of publicly-owned real estate assets and to advance the public sector’s economic development and job generation priorities.

Media contact: Lawren Markle, Director of Public Relations, [email protected], 213-236-4847

More renderings of the AltaSea facilities available at https://altasea.org