LAEDC Future Forum, June 16, 2020

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

The economic impact of sports increased $2.1 billion between 2012 and 2019 in Los Angeles County. With 12 major league professional teams and several large sporting events like the Long Beach Grand Prix and the LA Marathon, the regional sports scene helped to expand economic development and increase job creation. Slated to host the Super Bowl, the US Open Golf Tournament, FIFA World Cup, Summer Olympics, and other national and international sporting competitions, Los Angeles County seems to offer a reinvigoration into the industry.

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

Join the conversation on June 16, 2020, as the LAEDC focuses on timely research to provide updated regional insights that will inform the sporting ecosystem’s decision-makers about the state of the industry and where the opportunities are; as well, how recovering from the current pandemic will affect future growth. Register here . . . .

COVID-19 Giving Touchless Interfaces a Chance to Make an Impression

Touchscreens are everywhere at this point (this one from EMI Designs). But the COVID-19 pandemic could be the big break that touchless interface technologies have been waiting for.

touchscreen EMI Design

By now most of us have used some sort of touchless control. It was most likely voice control whether its Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant. Savvy engineers who use VR/AR in their workflows might even have tried using eye tracking  to control virtual interfaces and environments. Yet all we have to do is look in our pockets to realize that touch is still the king of interfaces.

But several months living in a world where touch can be hazardous to your health might change that. For many people COVID-19 pandemic has transformed ATMs, self-checkouts, payment terminals, fast food kiosks, and other shared, touch-based interfaces from a wonderful convenience into a reason to have an anxiety attack. full article here . . .

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The tech field is one of the largest sources of wealth generation in the United States—and is 68% White and 65% male. Not only can diversifying the field address wealth gaps, but inclusive tech companies can reduce the likelihood of technology harming underrepresented groups. Here are three organizations that are supporting underrepresented communities in tech.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce, Black Girls Code, Tech Disability Project . . . . full story here

Letter from VWDB Director, Judith Velasco – May 2020

Another month has passed since the start of the pandemic, which has brought us into unprecedented and unexpected times. Adaptation, flexibility, and resilience are the traits that we have been forced to hone to make it through, and I want to extend my heartfelt wish that each and every one of you continues to move forward in health and strength.

Though some re-openings begin this month, giving us hope that the pandemic will soon be behind us, we are mindful that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, our region’s workers and businesses will continue to experience the aftermath of this pandemic for some time to come. We have received three emergency grants which will enable us to support our community, inclusive of services we have not traditionally provided, yet are crucial to individuals’ ability to uphold their lives. I am looking forward to detailing these new grants with you at our upcoming board meeting, and gaining your valued insight and feedback. I am also cognizant that you may have been receiving questions from workers and businesses in need of our services. To address this, we have created a flyer containing guidance for VWDB board members on how to talk about the VJC’s services during COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Operations continue virtually as staff refer clients to unemployment mitigation resources, recruit candidates for the slew of recent openings in grocery stores and other essential businesses, and outreach to companies experiencing layoffs and furloughs. Now more than ever, we will need your expertise to ensure that our efforts are able to help those who need it most. I would like to thank you for your continued engagement, and I look forward to working together to help our community.

Best,

Judith Velasco, Executive Director 

Verdugo Workforce Development Board

LAEDC June 1st COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing – 11am PT

The LAEDC’s COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing series continues next Monday, June 1st at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) will discuss their findings on the economic implications for Los Angeles County related to this pandemic. Join us for this quick update to gather insight on your local economy. Space is limited, and registration is required.

We invite you to submit questions to shane.cullen@laedc.org to have them answered on the webinar by the IAE team.

By registering to take part in this webinar you agree to receive regular updates from our organization about future events, data, research, programs and initiatives. When you receive such updates, you will be able to opt-out, if you wish to unsubscribe from future communications on behalf of the LAEDC.

Click here to go to registration page

VWDB Board Member Spotlight: Nancy Osipo-Peera, Department of Rehabilitation

The VWDB would like to recognize board member Nancy Osipo-Peera for her outstanding work at the Department of Rehabilitation, serving individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy has been a board member since 2013, and represents one of our key partners in serving participants with disabilities. Below, she discusses her work, and how she is passing the time during the Stay at Home order. Read our profile of Ms. Osipo-Peera here.

Apply Now to Participate in Glendale Virtual Pitchfest on June 24, 2020

Local startups are invited to participate in a Virtual Pitchfest on June 24. Ten finalists will compete for a mini-prize package. Preference will be given to Glendale based companies solving COVID-19 related problems.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020.

Click here for application and more information

City of Glendale Will Launch 2 Accelerators

The City of Glendale received $1 million from the State of California to launch a tech startup accelerator. After feedback from the tech community, start-ups, accelerators and potential operators, the City will launch two new accelerators.

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
KIDSX DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR
 

Focusing on advancing digital health innovation for pediatric health and healthcare. The program will provide innovation in a field that is very timely and will serve as the first Pediatric-focused digital health accelerator in the world. Pediatric health services include the use of artificial intelligence, gamification, virtual, augmented or mixed reality, mobile apps, voice-enabled services and remote monitoring, among others.

HERO HOUSE GLENDALE 

To implement a non-industry specific “Gateway to LA” program that will focus on international or out-of- state companies looking to expand their product in Southern California. It will also accept applicants from Glendale and/or Southern California. This program will be established by SmartGateVC, and backed by Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo, CA, as well as the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America.

for more information and to join the city’s accelerator mailing list, click here.