EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (second from left) with Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and Councilman Curran Price (second from right) celebrate the grand opening of the new CRCD Enterprises facility
City of Los Angeles General Manager Jan Perry participated in the ribbon cutting of the new Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises building in South Los Angeles, the new home of EWDD partner CRCD’s construction social enterprise.

Jan’s history with CRCD dates back to the group’s beginning, when during her tenure as LA City Councilwoman she secured $225,000 in funding from then Congressman Xavier Becerra to provide the seed money for CRCD to launch their organization.

“They ran with it and they ran hard and they have done an incredible job reaching in very deep and pulling people forward to get them job skills,” she said during the grand opening ceremony. Jan added she was proud to see how CRCD has grown.

“You wrap around the services, you provide it everywhere you can think of, you still keep going, you still keep growing. It makes us really proud to have you partner with us.”

The new 4,000 square-foot facility will allow CRCD Enterprises to create new jobs in general construction, facilities maintenance and urban infrastructure in the South LA community.

CRCD also operates EWDD’s Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center and the South LA Region YouthSource Center.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 1, 2018. Read this issue and more.