Economic Activity Work Group

Increase economic activity by investing in businesses, entrepreneurs, and community-oriented infrastructure.

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Brian Williams | Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, LA Urban League

Kecia Washington | Director of Business Education & Outreach, LA Dept. of Water & Power

Miranda Rodriguez | Assistant Program Officer, LA Local Initiatives Support Corporation


Alexia Armstrong Cortés | SLATE-Z Americorps VISTA

goals and activities

A. Increase business & community-oriented infrastructure investments in Transit Oriented Districts.

B. Advocate for & support local business inclusion in public & private procurement.

C. Support entrepreneurship & create a business development fund to expand capacity of small businesses & new enterprises.

D. Study impact of minimum wage on local jobs, businesses & industry to inform strategies for business development & job creation.


A highlight of the past year is SLATE-Z's ability to leverage its collective strength to help bring the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) to South Los Angeles. In January 2017, the Board of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art voted to establish the Museum in Exposition Park, in the heart of the South LA Promise Zone. The Museum represents a private philanthropic investment of over $1.2 billion. SLATE-Z is partnering with the Museum and the Building Trades to ensure local hire in the estimated 1,000 construction jobs as well as in 350 permanent positions when the Museum opens.