Increase global connectedness

If L.A. County were a nation, it would be the 19th largest economy in the world.*

By measure of GDP alone, L.A. County would be larger than Sweden, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Belgium.*

Over 220 languages are spoken in L.A. County

Los Angeles hosts 65 Career and 38 Honorary Consulates, providing direct access to international markets.

The value of two-way trade passing through the Los Angeles Customs District totaled $398 billion in 2016, leading New York’s second-place total by $41 billion.

L.A. County has the proof of its global position and is ready to accommodate the growing commerce among the world’s economies.

* LAEDC Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook, February 2017

Featured Voices

“Apperson connected with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) and began participating in the ExporTech™ program. In ExporTech, company executives attend three workshops over three months with individualized coaching between sessions. All workshops are delivered by multiple exporting experts and are based on proven methodologies and real-life success stories.”

Attract and retain high quality foreign direct investment (FDI).

A. Conduct an FDI study for the region to get a true understanding of the impact of international investment to the Los Angeles regional economy, and obtain feedback from current foreign investors on how to retain and secure more investments from abroad.

B. Conduct a “needs assessment” to identify the industries and companies the region should attract and work with private/public sector organizations to identify, target and recruit foreign companies.

C. Encourage public/private partnerships to fund and execute region-wide FDI attraction programs.

D. Use regional EB-5 investment centers to attract greater foreign investment for local job creation.

Coordinate existing trade services in the region.

A. Create a trade services collective with regional trade and investment assistance service organizations to pool resources, attract foreign firms, coordinate trade and investment services, and establish a centralized physical or virtual (web-based) location where these services could be accessed easily.

B. Educate more businesses about “how to export” and provide assistance services in an effort to increase the number of export-ready small, medium and large businesses.

C. Increase awareness and utilization of existing funding mechanisms such as the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grants and the Market Development Coordinator Program from the Department of Commerce as a way to increase export opportunities.

Coordinate international trade mission and delegation system.

A. Create a centralized intake and vetting system for international delegations visitng the L.A. region as a way of streamlining serivces offered by regional partners.

B. Provide matchmaking and networking opportunities between local and international businesses.

C. Coordinate recruitment of local companies for trade missions with regional partners across different sectors to increase export opportunities.

D. Establish Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements with key consulates and foreign trade offices to help local businesses and trade organizations to identify potential business, industry and government partners abroad.

Establish a marketing/promotion program for L.A. County.

A. Create a five-year plan outlining how the region can target selected domestic/international trade shows that focus on targeted industry clusters to attract FDI and increase exports. Use trade conferences in L.A. County as showcase opportunities to international investors and buyers.

B. Create a database of regional services, public assets, and best practices of foreign investment in the L.A. region to help market Los Angeles County as a prime location for FDI and International trade.

C. Market the region’s cultural diversity to attract and retain international students and enterprises.

Data & Metrics

  • Total Domestic and International Exports from Los Angeles County
  • Number of Passengers at LAX
  • Number of Passengers at LAX