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.

Los Angeles Featured in FORTUNE Magazine as a Boomtown for Business
March 15, 2015

FORTUNE magazine featured Los Angeles as a mecca for businesses in its 2015 "100 Best Companies to Work For" issue. The county has a booming tech sector, Downtown L.A. is rapidly becoming the seat of a live/work renaissance, and Mayor Eric Garcetti has proven his commitment to expansion. Economic development is thriving.

February 2015

The Brotherhood Crusade YouthSource Center is being recognized by PBS SoCal as a Community Champion for their work with youth in the City of Los Angeles.

The Community Champion Project is an opportunity for PBS SoCal to recognize individuals and/or organizations that make an extraordinary impact on the lives of others through their everyday efforts, within the diverse Southern California communities.

Congressional Gold Medal Comes to LA, May 2013 (left- Jan Perry; right- Color guard from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, Regional Support Command, State Military Reserve)
January 2, 2015
article by Lambeth Hochwald for Entrepreneur Magazine

If you’re looking to hire, there are plenty of places to find qualified workers. But few people are working as tirelessly to connect a specialized work force — military veterans and the formerly homeless — with good jobs as Jan Perry, who has served as general manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department for the City of Los Angeles since 2013.

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image credit: The Rafu Shimpo online magazine "Congressional Medal Comes to LA, May 2013"


West Los Angeles WorkSource Center Ribbon Cutting
December 15, 2014

The West Los Angeles WorkSource Center celebrated its grand re-opening today. Located at 13160 Mindanao Way in the Marina del Rey section of Los Angeles, this center is operated by Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), a non profit, founded in 1931 with a long history in workforce development.