A large audience turned out on Saturday, November 12 at the Maya Hotel for “Getting Back to Work: A Summit on Job Creation in Long Beach”. 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal organized the event to create a dialogue on job creation in the city. Discussion topics included long and short term strategies to address unemployment, workforce development and growing the Long Beach economy.
The Summit featured a keynote presentation on the Long Beach jobs environment by Dr. Dean Baker, author and Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He also addressed short and long term strategies for job creation.
Also featured was a panel discussion called “Building a Shared Plan of Action for Good Jobs in Long Beach”, moderated by Pastor Wayne Chaney, President of the Ministerial Alliance. The panelists included:
- Councilmember Steven Neal
- Congresswoman Laura Richardson
- Assemblymember Warren Furitani, Chair of the Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Workforce Development
- Tom Moxley, President, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council
- Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commissioner
- Shaun Lumachi, Chairman, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board
- Lindsay Hughes, McDonald’s Owner/Operator
The Summit was co-sponsored by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, The Long Beach Ministerial Alliance, and the California Endowment.
Photos by Jesus Hernandez
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