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EDPOn November 3, 2015 the City Council adopted an economic development plan identifying six initiatives for the City to focus on to ensure a stable and bright economic future:

Facilitate Business Growth
Develop an environment and provide services that help existing business grow.
Preserving existing business activity is key to maintaining the City’s baseline level of economic success.

  • The Long Beach Small Business Development Center helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.
  • The Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board can assist with staffing and recruitment services, customized On-the-Job Training with reimbursement for a portion of the candidate’s wages during training, Layoff, outplacement, and re-training assistance, and other employee training and professional development programs to upgrade employee skills.
  • Cerritos College provides contract employee training for California industry, with a focus on Manufacturing Skills training & Business Management training.

Raise Household Income Levels 
Connect residents to education and training, providing pathways to better jobs, higher incomes and greater household stability.
Raising household income levels is the key to driving future economic growth, since greater discretionary income will help support existing businesses, attract new businesses, promote job growth, and stimulate demand for Norwalk’s goods, services, properties, and workforce

  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Adult School provides a variety of education opportunities for adults, including classes toward earning a high school diploma, English as a Second Language, learning career-related technology, or fine arts and other special interests. 
  • Cerritos College, located in the City of Norwalk, is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles of southeastern Los Angeles county. The college offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions. Over 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies each year.
  • The Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board can assist with staffing and recruitment services, customized On-the-Job Training with reimbursement for a portion of the candidate’s wages during training, Layoff, outplacement, and re-training assistance, and other employee training and professional development programs to upgrade employee skills.
  • The Long Beach Small Business Development Center helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Spur Residential Reinvestment
Develop programs to stimulate reinvestment, keeping residential neighborhoods in high demand and retaining residents that have connected to better jobs and higher incomes.

Promote New Development
Despite the loss of redevelopment, new methods of preparing property for development are needed.

  • The Gateway Cities Council of Governments has secured a tool to study demographics and perform market analyses for the City of Norwalk and other southeast Los Angeles County cities - http://www.gatewaycogsiteprospector.org
  • The United States Bureau of the Census also provides detailed information about the City’s demographics and other population and housing characteristics for analyses - http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0652526.html or http://census.gov/
  • If you are a prospective business or developer looking for a location in the City of Norwalk, please contact the City of Norwalk Community Development Department, Economic Development Division, at (562) 929-5744.

Revive the San Antonio and Firestone Commercial Corridors
Develop a vision for the area surrounding the intersection of San Antonio Drive and Firestone Boulevard.
A plan to inspire new investment into the area is being prepared, to include a vision for the architecture, compatible uses, and public improvements to promote pedestrian activity.

Market the City's Identity
Help stimulate demand for Norwalk’s goods, services, properties, and workforce.
A branding and marketing effort would help raise awareness of Norwalk's strengths to both current residents and businesses, as well as prospective homeseekers, new businesses, shoppers and others within the regional market area.

To view the City's full Economic Development Plan, click on the image above or here.

For more information about economic development opportunities, please call our Economic Development Division at (562) 929-5744.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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