VP Joe Biden Lauds Work of Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator
United States Vice President Joe Biden had good things to say about LA’s newest technology incubator during his recent swing through the city. Biden spoke at a November 16th roundtable held at the Cleantech Incubator in downtown’s fast-growing Arts District. The topic was how new “clean” industries like solar energy are getting an assist from incubators like Cleantech.

Paroled ‘Lifers’ Talk About Challenges of Reintegration with Governor Brown
In a surprise visit, Governor Jerry Brown met with more than 75 former life-term inmates at the Vernon Central/LATTC WorkSource Center this week for a discussion on how the state and other agencies can better help them reintegrate into society. Brown and parole boards in recent years have greatly increased the number of men and women being paroled from life sentences. Brown heard about a support group for so-called “Lifers” who meet at the WorkSource Center to help each other as they rejoin families and communities after decades in prison.

Not Your Typical Job Fair at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center
November 7, 2015

Uber, InstaCart, AirBnB and other founders of the new technology-based “sharing economy” brought the future to the Eastside this week, participating in a “Not Your Typical Job Fair” held at the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. The November 7 event connected app innovators with about 250 East L.A. youth interested in learning more about available jobs.

Loan Helps LAX-Based Cargo Company Expand Business
Julian Keeling was going through tough times at Consolidators International, his cargo-export business, and no banks would lend to him. Global monetary instability and fluctuating fuel prices were hurting the bottom line of the company that he started near LAX in 1992.

LA:Rise - A Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise

Turning Employment Barriers into Job Success

The September 22nd launch of LA:RISE (Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise) marked the beginning of a new, structured career path for 500 City of Los Angeles residents. Funded by a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, LA:RISE focuses on

L.A. Kitchen Grand Opening in L.A. Prep Facility
The innovative facility offers 54 separate commercial kitchens and reduces regulatory and capital costs for food entrepreneurs

Los Angeles dignitaries joined the founders of L.A. Prep in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcome of L.A. Kitchen, its new anchor tenant, to its $18 million, 56,000-square-foot food production facility in a converted warehouse in Lincoln Heights.

Speakers at the ceremony included

Girls Who Code logoWhy do middle-school-aged girls express a strong interest in math and science –and then choose other majors when they get to college?

Nation’s Leading Information and Referral Agency Now Providing 24-Hour Text-to-Chat Feature to Better Access Available Services

211 L.A. County, the official information source for Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents, announced today it has launched Vet2Text, a 24-hour text-to-chat feature staffed by veterans for veterans. Vet2Text was announced at

Christopher Chao assisted by Johnathan Davis, Workforce Development Specialist for the Central Library Portal
Christopher Chao was among the first job-seekers to take advantage after the City of L.A. launched a new WorkSource Center Portal, a new service that will soon be available at all 72 Los Angeles Public Library branches.

In the downtown library’s business and economics section, Chao, 28, sat down at a computer and got help searching local job listings. A job at UCLA looked particularly promising, said Chao. He has technology experience and wants to fix computers.

Locating the WorkSource job center right inside the library - where he goes for English classes five days a week - is ideal, he said.

July 10, 2015 - Mayoral Press Release

Downtown’s Central Library Home to First WorkSource Center Portal; 73 Librarians Citywide to be Trained to Aid Job Seekers

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a new job resource program at City libraries, including a new job center and training for librarians, to help job-seeking Angelenos find work.

Workforce Grants help deliver services to build jobs, local economy and communities
Leveraging good ideas and past success - matched with calculated risk, experimentation and hard work - several partners of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the Workforce Investment Board have successfully secured Workforce Accelerator Fund (WAF) grants from the California Workforce Investment Board.

Workforce Accelerator Fund 2.0 grants are

Pedro Mata of Homeboy Industries takes part in a seven-week construction class at Los Angeles Trade Tech College; photo by Maya Sugarman/KPCC
April 22, 2015

In South Los Angeles, where unemployment has remained stubbornly higher than the state average, a local nonprofit is helping job seekers find work by helping them over the most common hurdles to employment. Read the whole Southern California Public Radio article here.

Original story by Brian Watts, 89.3 KPCC Business Reporter
This story is part of a collaboration investigating social change in South L.A. 50 years after the Watts Riots. The project is coordinated by USC Annenberg.