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.

Reconnecting Youth Thru P3 Initiative
EWDD staff met December 17, 2015, with Chamber of Commerce partners to discuss the federal Performance Partnership Pilot Initiative, an effort aimed at integrating delivery of education, workforce and social services to disconnected youth ages 16 to 24. EWDD led the effort for a $700,000 federal grant that gives agencies flexibility to use dollars that might otherwise be restricted.

Services are targeted at youth who are homeless, unemployed or out of school, and include referrals to health and mental health programs operated by LA County. Highlight: the working group learned that each youth in program will receive a free YMCA membership.

Learn more about the P3 Initiative at

Leah Ferrazzani, owner of L.A. based Semolina Artisanal Pasta, and Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food on KCRW
L.A. Makes is a new series on KLCS Los Angeles that explores small businesses and the people who make Los Angeles the amazing city that it is. Small business owner and 30-year public television veteran, Tené Harris, hosts the pilot episode “L.A. Women Who Make” and takes you inside the day-to-day world of two small business owners who share their inspiring stories.

Hire LA’s Youth Survey Findings by CSUN
California State University Northridge business Professor Richard Moore presented his findings from a 2014 evaluation of the Hire LA’s Youth summer employment program to the Workforce Development Youth Council on November 18, 2015. Moore’s team surveyed participants and their supervisors at five sites, and followed up with many seven months later.

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?