South LA WorkSource Center Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting
The two centers held their ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremonies on back to back days.

The first celebration was the Watts Los Angeles WorkSource Center operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) on November 19, 2014. Located in the Imperial Courts in Watts, this is the only housing authority in the US with a fully certified WorkSource Center.

November 5, 2014

Vernon-Central L.A./L.A. Trade Tech WorkSource Center Grand Opening
Mayor Eric Garcetti today presided over the grand opening of the EWDD WorkSource Center located at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. The center is one of 17 located throughout the city that will focus on developing career pathways in high-demand employment sectors including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, construction, financial services, transportation/logistics, and green technology.

Southeast L.A. WorkSource Center Celebration - Maxine Waters, Tim Watkins & Jan Perry
October 28, 2014
“It’s a great day for Watts,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters during the celebration of the Southeast L.A. WorkSource Center. The center is part of the re-purposed WorkSource system in which education and training institutions offer specialized training to job seekers who will be employed in high demand fields such as healthcare and construction.

West Adams WorkSource Ribbon Cutting
October 22, 2014
The Grand Opening of the West Adams WorkSource Center was held with much excitement and anticipation. This was the first of 17 centers to formally celebrate the newly designed center operations in City of Los Angeles.

L.A. Community College District Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez gives a speech
July 24, 2014 - Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) Campus

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor, spoke on the importance of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) during President Obama's visit to the Los Angeles Trade Technical College campus.

2014 Economic Development Forum
September 12, 2014 Presentation on Local & Statewide Business Assistance Programs and Tools - Organized by Jan Perry and EWDD

This Business Development Presentation focused on current state and local economic trends and challenges, as well as highlight programs and tools that can be used to support business growth, commercial real estate development and other public/private ventures.

September 18, 2014 is now online with thousands of job listings in the Los Angeles area. The new state of the art site is FREE to job seekers and employers. Anyone with a computer can access the site.

August 18, 2014

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez came to Los Angeles to discuss workforce development issues and how the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will assist American adults and youth to succeed in the workplace. During his session with Mayor Garcetti, Perez met with EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and Workforce Investment Board Chair Charles Woo, pictured below, on L.A.'s success with employment advancement.

California Competes Tax Credit Program logo

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created

State Enterprise Zone (SEZ) Program
The SEZ Program has Ended. Hiring tax credit vouchers will be accepted and processed through December 31, 2014.

California state legislative action has resulted in the repeal of the Enterprise Zone Act and the dissolution of Enterprise Zones. In order to allow Enterprise Zone businesses an opportunity to apply for hiring tax credits already earned for qualified hires made through the end of 2013. Vouchers may be applied for and issued until December 31, 2014.

LA Fellows success stories - from left, Richard Tom, Christine Stenberg, Ben Seigel, Gigi Nang, and Dana Chotiner (photo from DOL article)
This article originally appeared in the August 14, 2014 edition of the U.S. Department of Labor Newsletter:

LA Fellows Program LogoThe LA Fellows program combines professional development and volunteerism as a meaningful path to reemployment for the long-term unemployed. The program, established in 2010, is a partnership between the Los Angeles Valley College and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Board, which receives funding from the department.

California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
Organizations, assemblymembers, and youth met and discussed what can be done to reconnect youth

California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and the Select Committee on Addressing Out of School, Unemployed Youth met on July 30th for an informational hearing on Disconnected Youth and Pathways to Reconnect. One out of five young people ages 16 - 24 is out of school and unemployed in the City of Los Angeles and there are an estimated 870,000 disconnected youth in California.