As you know, I’ve long been an advocate of the benefits technology and innovation can bring to Long Beach, both by creating more efficient and transparent government, and by attracting cutting edge companies to set up business in our city. So I’m especially glad that this vision for Long Beach as a technology and innovation hub was featured in today’s Los Angeles Times.
We’re already seeing innovative firms show an interest in Long Beach. Virgin Galactic and Shimadzu, two huge names in aerospace, recently set up operations in Long Beach. Virgin Galactic explicitly named our talented workforce and our city’s quality of life as important reasons for their move here. And at this week’s development forum, which I hosted with the Downtown Long Beach Associates, more than 100 developers came to hear about opportunities in our city, and expressed great enthusiasm about Long Beach as a city with something to offer for everyone.
Long Beach has everything we need to attract tech businesses. We have outstanding schools from preschool through the university level. We have a diverse workforce that includes many people skilled in technology, engineering, manufacturing, and a wide range of fields. We have unique historic neighborhoods, world class museums, abundant arts and entertainment choices, and every amenity you’d expect in a city of nearly half-a-million people. And we have the only downtown on the water between San Diego and San Francisco, with beaches that are sunny 350 days a year. It’s a perfect place to move and start a career, or to raise family. And the word is getting out.
I hope you’ll take a moment to read the Times piece, and to share it with family and friends. Let’s keep spreading the word that Long Beach is the place to be.