Mayor Garcetti Announces Launch of JobsLA Mobile App
Mayor Eric Garcetti today unveiled a new JobsLA mobile app that allows job seekers to use smartphones to search nearly 50,000 employment listings in the City of Los Angeles, and up to 150,000 countywide.

The Mayor made his announcement during remarks at the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, which drew job-seekers and employers in the “sharing” or on-demand economy

Brouwerij West Grand Opening
San Pedro’s Brouwerij West had a smash grand opening on February 27th, serving artisanal brews to the more than 4,000 people who streamed through its new quarters in a vintage warehouse.

EWDD in 2015 helped Brouwerij West obtain a $442,845 loan to purchase special Belgian-made brewing equipment that uses less water than traditional methods. The opening-day rush was so intense that founders Brian Mercer and Dave Holop briefly worried about keeping up with demand. Thankfully, Brouwerij West kept pouring its line of wheat- and barley-brewed ales until the last minute.

The numbers are in and it’s official: the Los Angeles Opportunity Fair & Forum on February 11th produced more than 1,000 on-the-spot job offers to youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

What’s more, thousands of Los Angeles youth who aren’t in school or working received

Youth Financial Literacy
On February 9th, Mayor Eric Garcetti, EWDD’s Lisa Salazar, and Amias Gerety, Acting Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury, addressed a City Hall roundtable on how to expand financial education for youth.

Southeast L.A. WorkSource Portal Ribbon Cutting
Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Opening of New WorkSource Portal in Southeast Los Angeles and the Investment of $2.4 Million on New Job Training Initiatives

On February 8, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated the opening of a new WorkSource Portal in Southeast Los Angeles that will bring enhanced job-search services to South Los Angeles residents.

Para Los Niños Counselors Help David Garcia See His Career Path
The assistance provided at EWDD-administered YouthSource centers often goes above and beyond, as demonstrated clearly in this story from community partner Para Los Niños (PLN). David Garcia, left, came to the PLN’s East Region center last year as a senior at Wilson High School. He comes from a single parent home and has experienced a lot of barriers.

Conscious Cup Café Grand Opening
Through the efforts of Council District 13, the Economic and Workforce Development Department, and Step Up on Vine, a great new business partner for the City of Los Angeles launched this week with the opening of Conscious Cup at 1057 N. Vine Street, Hollywood. Step Up on Second Street was awarded

LA Mayor Garcetti Attends LocoL Grand Opening in Watts
Celebrity chef Roy Choi this week unveiled LocoL, his version of fast and healthy food served up with a big helping of enterprise. Hundreds of residents lined up outside the sleek new eatery at 1950 E. 103rd Street for its January 18th grand opening. Some waited as long as two hours to sample Choi and partner Daniel Patterson’s take on hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and something called “foldies,” a

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Los Angeles Fair & Forum Logo
Los Angeles in February will host one of the biggest job fairs in the nation targeted to youth between 16 and 24 years old. The Youth Opportunity Fair & Forum will be held from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, February 11th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

City and L.A. Valley College Provide Job Seekers with 21st Century Skills

The first of several six week long trainings in biotechnology and advanced manufacturing begin this month at Los Angeles Valley College, thanks to a $1.2 million Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant. The NEG grant was secured by the State of California’s Employment Development Department. The courses prepare long-term unemployed individuals and veterans for

Brouwerij State-of-the-Art Craft Equipment
December 2015

EWDD in February 2015 approved a $442,845 loan to help craft brewer Brouwerij West finance a new brew plant and tap room in San Pedro

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program 2016
Los Angeles Selected to Hold 'Girls Who Code' Immersive Summer Workshop Introducing High School-Aged Girls to Careers in Computer Science, Technology

The innovative “Girls Who Code” summer workshop is returning in 2016 to the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. Girls Who Code is a national program aimed at closing the gender gap in technology by immersing high school-aged girls in a computer science-based curriculum for seven weeks. Students learn about coding languages, mobile app development, robotics and web design. Participants have the chance to develop their own products and to meet with mentors at area technology companies.