Everyone In ~ Connection. Inclusion. Economic Opportunity.


Everyone In.

Connection. Inclusion. Economic Opportunity. 

An initiative designed to create a local economy that includes and benefits every Long Beach resident.


On November 1, 2017, Vice Mayor Richardson launched the Everyone In Economic Inclusion Initiative. Everyone In is an initiative designed to build on the economic inclusion recommendations outlined in the City's Blueprint for Economic Development, to create a local economy that includes and benefits every Long Beach resident.  

Advances in technology and the expansion of global markets have transformed entire industries and changed the face of business and commerce in Long Beach. While careers and jobs continue to evolve, many of our families continue to fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet. As a city, we must be intentional with our actions and ensure every resident in every neighborhood is prepared to take on the jobs of today and the future.

Everyone In means small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in all parts of town have access to the resources they need to grow their companies, and create local, family-supporting jobs.

Everyone In means making sure every part of town is economically viable, and that anyone who wants a job has one.

Everyone In means making sure that everyone has an opportunity to build wealth and have access to capital whether you’re a small business owner, worker, or an aspiring homeowner.

Most importantly, Everyone In means creating an environment where everyone has a seat at the table and an opportunity to thrive.

The Everyone In initiative will set out to increase access to capital through re-evaluating banking and financial services, create pathways to homeownership, modernize government contracts and procurement to increase local benefit, and cultivate job training and development programs that promote career pathways for every resident.

Everyone In will transform our city’s economy and improve the quality of life for all of Long Beach’s residents. We’ll be able to create good paying local jobs that provide pathways to the middle class. We’ll increase economic security and mobility for vulnerable families and workers. Most importantly, we will cultivate homegrown talent through a strong cradle-to-career pipeline.

Let’s work together to ensure every community, every resident, and every business is included in our city’s prosperity. It’s time for Everyone In.

How We Plan To Get There

The #EveryoneIn initiative will set out to design policy solutions that deliver economic opportunity to those being left behind in Long Beach's economy.

We acknowledge that we don't have all the answers, nor can we do it alone. #EveryoneIn will work together with underserved segments of the community, business leaders, policy makers, financial institutions, philanthropic leaders, academia, labor and equity advocates, and experts in the field around economic inclusion to co-design policy solutions that deliver economic opportunity to those being left behind in Long Beach's economy. 

Policy Goals: (1) Close the race & gender wealth gaps; (2) Increase access to capital for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs; (3) Promote good, accessible jobs that lead to pathways to the middle class; (4) Create economically resilient families; (5) Create pathways to homeownership.  

#EveryoneIn began with with two essential steps:

(1) Embark on the #EveryoneIn Listening Tour by engaging underrepresented groups to provide valuable input and help co-design solutions, and;

(2) Convene a policy roundtable with a multi-disciplinary team of experts, who will make policy recommendations informed by the Listening Tour and best economic inclusion practices and policies around the country.


#EveryoneIn Listening Tour

We know that residents of disinvested neighborhoods possess valuable information and insight that policy makers need to design and implement solutions that work. The #EveryoneIn Listening Tour is giving a voice to underserved communities in Long Beach. 

Through a series of focus groups, Wilson & Associates, with the help of Lee Andrews Group, engaged over 100 underrepresented individuals in meaningful community participation to provide input and co-design solutions to our most pressing economic issues.

Approached with an equity lens, these conversations sought to understand policies, programs, and practices that have produced barriers to employment, business and homeownership and their unintended negative consequences. Those being left behind in Long Beach's economy had an opportunity to co-design improved employment and business opportunities. 

You can read the full report here.

#EveryoneIn Policy Roundtable Discussions

From December 2017- May 2018, facilitated by Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director of Los Angeles Local Initiative Support Corporation (LA LISC), Vice Mayor Richardson convened a multi-disciplinary think tank, where participants had an opportunity to learn about and engage in robust discussions around the following topics:

  • Home-lending trends in Long Beach
  • Innovative alternatives to business ownership such as employee ownership
  • The future of banking and the impact technological advances in the financial industry have on low income communities
  • Strategies to increase local and inclusive procurement and contracting practices
  • Workforce development strategies that lead to pathways to the middle class  

Following the first roundtable, where we learned about the persistent exclusion of low to moderate income families and people of color from Long Beach's housing market, Vice Mayor Richardson asked the Long Beach City Council to explore the feasibility of providing increased pathways to homeownership to low and moderate-income individuals by implementing a series of tools including down payment assistance programs, establishing a home-buyer education and counseling center in Long Beach, and exploring alternative forms of housing supply such as community land trusts and cooperative homeownership models. You can read the full proposal here.   

Economic Equity Profile

As we continue to build an economy for all, we are seeking a clear understanding of the challenges our communities face. That's why our Office of Equity is partnering with PolicyLink's All-In Cities Initiative to conduct an economic equity study on Long Beach. The economic equity profile will serve as a basis for ongoing dialogue about the economic challenges and opportunities facing our communities. The report will guide our collective strategies, support advocacy, and measure progress. Full findings from the study will be available in Fall 2018.

Economic Equity Summit

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 we were joined by over 250 local community partners, business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropic partners for a day-long conversation that explored innovative approaches to building a local economy that includes and benefits every Long Beach resident.

The 'Everyone In' Economic Equity Summit, hosted in partnership with Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC), began with a special keynote presentation by Dr. Manuel Pastor, Author, Professor & USC's Director Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) on the importance of embracing an economic equity framework as the core of our economic development strategy. You can find Dr. Pastor's presentation here. 

Following our morning keynote address, we heard an engaging plenary panel discussion exploring national best practices on building an economy for all featuring:

  • Moderated by: Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, LISC
  • Darlene Flynn, Director Dept. of Race & Equity, City of Oakland
  • Dr. Roxanne Franklin, Former Director of Equity Strategy, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  • James Alva, Senior Vice President, Citi Community Development
  • Michael Owh, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Los Angeles

During lunch we were joined by Google's Global Head of Tech Executive & Founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), Valeisha Butterfield-Jones. who is leading the charge to create a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. 

Following Mrs. Butterfield-Jones' keynote address, Vice Mayor Richardson moderated an intimate conversation around the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion as a driver of growth and innovation, between Valeisha Butterfield Jones, and the President & CEO of LeadersUp- Jeffery Wallace, who is working to bridge the divide between the untapped potential of diverse communities and the business challenge of finding and retaining talent.   

Additionally, we showcased the progress we have made with the 'Everyone In' economic inclusion initiative through a variety of presentations from:

  • PolicyLink on preliminary findings from the Economic Equity Profile, a study, funded by Citi Community Development, that will serve as a basis for ongoing dialogue about the economic challenges and opportunities facing Long Beach communities. You can find the presentation here. 
  • Wilson & Associates on the findings from the ‘Everyone In’ Listening Tour- a series of focus groups with underrepresented communities. Full report will be available in June 2018. Check out the preliminary findings here. 

Finally, through an array of plenary speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, we explored topics such as:

  • Pathways to Homeownership featuring The Greenlining Institute, Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County, & T.R.U.S.T. South LA
  • Using Data to Inform Economic Equity Strategy with presentations from the Advancement Project & Centro CHA
  • Cultivating Diverse Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners
  • Transportation Equity: Bridging the Gap to Economic Opportunity featuring LA Metro, Long Beach Transit, LA Thrives, & more
  • Workforce Development: Pathways to Prosperity
  • Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Find the official 'Everyone In' Summit program here.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Wells Fargo, Citi Community Development, Long Beach Transit, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Port of Long Beach, Union Bank Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The California Endowment, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Charter Communications, and The Greenlining Institute.








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