City of L.A. Procurement Reform – New Online Certification System

Last week the City of LA went live with the new online certification system, developed in partnership with Sky Kelley, the Founder of a local company Avisare, and Michael Owl, the Chief Procurement Officer of the City of L.A. and his team. What is it? Here is a quick video tutorial: The City…

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2019 Update: Creating Apprenticeships at the State and Federal Level

As Los Angeles continues to be an expensive place to live, the cost of workforce training can serve as a significant barrier to attaining high skill jobs.  Apprenticeships help individuals overcome that challenge by providing a “learn and earn” path to get paid while getting hands on experience. Approximately 91…

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Is L.A. (and California) Becoming a Land of Economic Mobility for Some and Outward and Limited Mobility for Many?

The U.S. Census Bureau recently created new tools to track domestic migration at regional, state and county levels throughout the United States.  This data is critical to gaining a better understanding around the growing concern that population sorting, whereby migration patterns are increasingly concentrating skilled-talent and high-income earners in coastal…

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A Lack of Affordable Housing is L.A.’s Achilles Heel

Background Briefing Snapshot of L.A.’s Economy The L.A. Metropolitan Region’s GDP (2017) is $1.04 Trillion, a 30 percent increase since 2009.  It is home to 5 million jobs, 900K have been added in the last decade and tens of thousands are created each month. Driving growth is a broad and…

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Can the Redevelopment of Malls Help Close California’s Housing Gap?

There is an enormous opportunity in a handful of communities throughout California to support the transformation of significant real estate space, now occupied by shopping malls, into housing units, at both market and affordable rates. Since malls were first conceived in the 1950s by Victor Gruen, an Austrian immigrant, their…

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The Looming Labor Shortage

Last week an L.A. Times article entitled L.A. Metro’s downtown subway project may not open until mid-2022 highlighted a handful of challenges L.A. Metro’s $1.75 billion Regional Connector is having, chief among them, its contractors inability to secure enough skilled labor, including management and craft labor such as concrete workers,…

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Beyond Free Tuition: Early Signs of a Strategy that Works

Timely graduation of higher education, whether it be from a 2-year or 4-year institution, has been a persistent challenge within our region and beyond.  Community colleges in particular have reported historically low and seemingly intractable rates of students that earn an Associate’s Degree or workforce certification, or move on to…

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