by Al Osborne
Los Angeles has always been and continues to be a place of amazing innovation and world-changing ideas based on boundless creativity. Sustaining that momentum is the topic of the upcoming UCLA Anderson Forecast event, focusing on “Solutions for Our City.”
Los Angeles has spawned film, television and music industries, as well as sports, a massive aerospace industry and a thriving hub for technology startups. To enhance that energy, much needs to be done to reduce costs and gain efficiencies—and we look to technology, which is leading the way.
Much of the job creating will come from businesses in the digital sphere and in innovations taking place in established industries, such as manufacturing, entertainment, education and the government. Healthcare, too, will likely remain an integral part of the landscape in southern California, as world class hospitals respond to changes in service that should create employment opportunities in a variety of ways.
Amid efforts to grow business and become more efficient, it is critical to emphasize the importance of early education. We need to ensure that teachers are trained to deal with the human development of kids at an early age. They are the ones who will help Los Angeles to become the frontier of business in America.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti knows the value of developing the resources needed to attract and sustain job growth in the city. Just look at some of the initiatives sponsored by the Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry (LAMCII). They range from startup partnerships and export programs designed to grow business and create new jobs to public transportation plans that will help better connect people to employment opportunities.
Working together to enhance jobs in our home town—it's a sign of the renaissance that's occurring in Los Angeles.