The LAEDC’s annual 88 Cities Summit will provide a space for local government leaders across Los Angeles County to share and create solutions to address the economic development challenges our cities and unincorporated communities face.
This year, we will focus on fostering human-centered cities across the county.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
899 Francisco St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tickets are on sale!
LAEDC Member Admission
For more information, please contact Janice Levy, Director of Strategic Relations, at [email protected].
Ending the Digital Divide
Universal broadband access can help bridge the digital divide and promote economic growth for all. Broadband internet access provides numerous economic benefits, primarily by increasing productivity and creating new jobs. With reliable and high-speed internet connectivity, entrepreneurs and small businesses can perform tasks more efficiently, reach a wider customer base, and establish partnerships with firms to improve productivity. Online marketplaces, telecommuting, and e-commerce opportunities are just some of the benefits made possible by broadband access. Additionally, individuals with internet access can access job training and education resources, enhancing industries’ future workforce pipeline. What is being done to connect underserved areas in Los Angeles County to broadband networks that can stimulate local economies?
The Economic Benefits of Ending Homelessness
Ending homelessness can save major costs and enhance economic growth. By providing housing for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, this can reduce the cost of emergency services including hospitalization and emergency shelters. Additionally, ensuring stable housing can improve the overall health and well-being of individuals, leading to a more productive workforce and reduced healthcare costs. As people experiencing homelessness get access to basic needs such as food and shelter, they can focus on finding employment, which increases economic activity and decreases the reliance on social programs. How can local public and private leaders work together across city and county lines to address ongoing issues with the lack of affordable housing?
The Economic Case for Cleantech Infrastructure
Research has shown that investments in cleantech infrastructure over the long-term result in reduced operating costs and increased productivity, making businesses more competitive, and contributing to economic growth. Sustainable infrastructure reduces costs associated with maintenance, repairs, and replacements of deteriorating infrastructure. It can create new jobs and stimulate economic growth through investment in renewable, energy-efficient technologies, and systems that reduce carbon emissions and improve health. How can the 88 Cities in Los Angeles improve their own cleantech infrastructure in the next year and also prep for the upcoming World Cup and LA28 Olympics?