City Spotlight

City of Compton Helps Residents Find Jobs Through CareerLink

The City of Compton, also known as “Hub City” is one of L.A. County’s many cities that is leading the way in their efforts to transform and revitalize their community, attract business, and raise standards of living for their residents.

As a finalist for LAEDC’s 2016 “Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County” Award, Compton has shown that greater business friendliness and public engagement creates just the right environment for local businesses to succeed. This commitment to “actively involve the business community in shaping and implementing effective innovative economic development and growth initiatives that will make Compton a world class and next generation City,” (City of Compton), has led to a transformation of the local community, and has brought greater economic prosperity to many of Compton’s neighborhoods.

Marshalls conducts interviews at CareerLink

Monthly town hall meetings help residents and business owners share their concerns with community and government representatives, and the City’s business loan programs, online permit portal, and business roundtables that seek input for new initiatives further demonstrate Compton’s “open for business” attitude. One example of Compton’s most successful business resources and residential programs is CareerLink – a full service human resources center that provides businesses with free recruitment, interview and placement services to encourage local hiring.

CareerLink works closely with local and regional businesses to determine the workforce development services required to expand their business. CareerLink also provides local residents job search, placement assistance, and skills training, to better connect local talent with open work opportunities. During 2013-2014 fiscal years, CareerLink assisted 6,441 career seekers, and provided job readiness and paid work experience services to 280 Compton Youth. Currently, CareerLink posts 10-12 local opportunities weekly, with job notification announcements through a newly created CareerLink app.

The City of Compton has clearly demonstrated that it is a rising leader and example for the region of what can be done when a city makes significant investments in programs and initiatives that propel its businesses, people, and economy forward.

Learn more about the City of Compton:

City Website
Compton Economic Development

City of Burbank: Rooted in Tradition, Ready for the Future

The City of Burbank, near the heart of Hollywood, is home to the “Media Capital of the World.” Some of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies such as Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon Animation, and CBS Interactive, are either headquartered or have significant production footprints within the city limits.

Burbank has always been home to a rich industry-driven ecosystem of innovation, creativity, and manufacturing. Burbank’s deep roots in its traditional industries, and its ever-growing tech and start-up scene have contributed to a strong vibrant local economy with high standards of living for its residents. Additionally, Burbank’s highly educated pool of entrepreneurial, creative and hi-tech talent employed by more than 1,000 post-production houses and technology companies has propelled it to be one of the most influential high-tech and entrepreneurial hubs in Los Angeles County.

The City of Burbank has led the way in fostering this ecosystem, through investments in community, collaboration, and thought infrastructure; through initiatives such as Burbank Tech Talks and the city’s significant investment in the ONE Burbank High-Speed Fiber Optic Network, and collaborations such as Visit Burbank and the Downtown Burbank Partnership.

Burbank Tech Talks provides regional tech and local start-up executives the opportunity to not only network, but also provides an exclusive mixer or lunch seminar setting in which they can collaborate, and learn from industry leading experts who share valuable insights and best practices. ONE Burbank High-Speed Fiber Optic Network promotes economic development in Burbank by providing high-speed communications and internet access at competitive prices for local business.

These efforts in tandem with a strong business-friendly environment that offers business assistance and a streamlined permitting process, demonstrate Burbank’s commitment to being a leader for the region, generating economic prosperity for all residents that in turn can propel Burbank forward as a continuous center for creativity and innovation for the digital-information based economy of the future.