Samuel Hughes

Assistant General Manager, Economic Development
Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles

Samuel Hughes, EWDD Assistant General Manager, Economic DevelopmentSamuel Hughes was appointed Assistant General Manager of EWDD’s Economic Development Division in 2015.

Sam has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and community economic development, straddling the public and private sectors. In his role at EWDD Sam leads the Economic Development Division (EDD) staff of 25 employees. The division is dedicated to helping EWDD fulfill its mission of stimulating LA’s economy by leveraging resources to create and retain sustainable jobs and businesses that improve the quality of life for residents and enhance the City’s tax base.

Under the leadership of Mr. Hughes:
  • The City of Los Angeles has created nearly 2,500 jobs through EWDD’s administration of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding by the City’s nine BusinessSource Centers.

  • EDD has steadily grown its Small Business Loan program by finding lenders willing to provide the capital to help aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality. From FY 2013-2014 to FY 2017-2018, the City has deployed approximately $2.3M in Small Business Loans to multiple small businesses in LA for working capital, inventory and equipment, creating more than 40 jobs for Angelenos.

  • EDD launched its new Business Response Unit (BRU), providing a liaison between the City and the business community to help entrepreneurs navigate the City’s “red tape” and ease coordination efforts across multiple City departments.

  • EDD oversees the former Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles’ non-housing excess bond proceeds and manages a portfolio of more than $250M that has funded a variety of public and private real estate developments, public improvements, business expansions, façade improvements and other community enhancement projects throughout Los Angeles.

  • EDD also established a Real Estate Asset Management Unit tasked with working collaboratively with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and other key City offices to manage, analyze, and dispose of the City’s real property assets with economic development value. These projects create tangible economic benefits by attracting new construction and development to blighted retail areas, retaining and protecting existing jobs, creating permanent jobs and generating new property, business and utility tax revenue for the City.

Sam Hughes
EWDD Assistant General Manager, Economic Development
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Carolyn M. Hull
EWDD General Manager

Robert Sainz
Assistant General Manager, Workforce Development

Samuel Hughes
Assistant General Manager, Economic Development

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