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Staff made multiple presentations of the Economic Development Opportunities Plan to gather input and advice from business and community leaders.

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City staff will continue to present the Plan to business/community groups, developers, investors, property owners and other interested parties.

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Economic Development

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The Economic Development Opportunities Plan will help direct efforts to stimulate activity in economic "nodes." The Plan provides an analysis of these strategic areas or economic "nodes" to focus efforts from the City, property owners, investors, developers and other partners.  A market study, a demographic analysis and a Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis are included in the Plan to guide revitalization in commercial corridors and other areas of the City.

The Plan was adopted Oct. 2, 2018 by the City Council after presentations to business and community groups including, but not limited to the City Commissions and City Committees, the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Chamber of Commerce membership, the Norwalk Community Coordinating Council, the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District, Faith-based organizations, Cerritos College's Executive Council, a Community Forum, and to City employees.

For a copy of the Plan, click here » (Economic Development Opportunities Plan).  Please note it is a large document and may take a while to open. 

If you are a prospective business or developer looking for a location in the City of Norwalk, please contact the City of Norwalk Community Development Department, Economic Development Division, at (562) 929-5744.

Demographic information is provided in the Plan, and additional sources of information can be found at the following links:

The following service providers are excellent sources of business assistance, employment opportunities, and training that are available to residents and employees of Norwalk businesses for provide pathways to better jobs, higher incomes and greater household stability:

  • SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  They provide free, confidential small business advice, offer live and recorded webinars, interactive courses on demand, and a library of online resources.   
  • Cerritos College provides contract employee training for California industry, with a focus on Manufacturing Skills training & Business Management training.
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Adult School provides a variety of education opportunities for adults, including classes toward earning a high school diploma, English as a Second Language, learning career-related technology, or fine arts and other special interests.
  • The Long Beach Small Business Development Center helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.
  • The Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board can assist with staffing and recruitment services, customized On-the-Job Training with reimbursement for a portion of the candidate’s wages during training, Layoff, outplacement, and re-training assistance, and other employee training and professional development programs to upgrade employee skills.

For more information about economic development opportunities, please call our Economic Development Division at (562) 929-5744.

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