Long Beach found new ways to support local innovators.

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Innovation in technology was happening in pockets throughout Long Beach, but the different industries and communities leading the charge were not connected to one another. Evidence showed that without connection, this economic cluster would not grow and reach its full potential. The City’s Innovation Team (i-team) had also identified a lack of affordable downtown workspace as a challenge facing innovators.

The i-team framed these combined opportunities as a question: how might the City of Long Beach catalyze a local ecosystem that supports the innovation economy?

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JOHN KEISLER, DIRECTOR OF THE LONG BEACH ECONOMIC AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
"As a city, we’re not looking to grow the city staff. We’re looking to create platforms and applications whereby we can connect people with each other, connect people with opportunity, with information. . . . We’re not looking at the city as the solution. We’re looking at the city as the facilitator.”