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Livermore Economic Development Department Receives Three More International Awards

January 24, 2011

 

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September 28, 2010

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Theresa De La Vega, Economic Development Specialist (925) 960-4049
 

Livermore Economic Development Department Receives Three More International Awards

The City of Livermore Economic Development Department proudly announces the receipt of three Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on September 28th during its Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The IEDC highlighted Economic Development Manager Catherine Hagebusch’s accomplishments yesterday with the Honorable Mention for the Outstanding New Economic Developer of the Year Award. The IEDC is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals work effectively to improve the quality of life in their regions. The IEDC project annual awards showcase exceptional programs and best practices by communities in various population categories. Livermore’s award-winning projects competed with communities in the 25,000-200,000 residents range.


The City of Livermore Economic Development Department won First Place for both the i-GATE iHub regional collaborative and the Livermore Valley Center. The City received an Honorable Mention for the Livermore Science and Technology Center Brochure. According to IEDC Chair William Best, the IEDC recognized the City of Livermore Economic Development Department for "successful strategies to promote new paradigms in economic development in this period of global recovery". The IEDC judges also noted that Livermore "is showing that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using innovative and effective practices that can be replicated in other communities."


The new Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence (i-GATE) Innovation Hub (iHub) collaboration will build a robust economic and workforce development program led by the managing partners of the City of Livermore, Sandia National Laboratories-California (lead lab) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. This project exemplifies the transformative economic power of non-traditional alliances. With over 30 agencies and organizations representing municipal government, national research and academic institutions, workforce and economic development organizations, and private business interest, the partnership has a broad reach across the San Francisco East Bay and across the greater Bay Area region. The i-GATE iHub establishes a pipeline for research, training, academic scholarship, and private investment for an estimated 200 new companies and the creation of over 5,000 high-wage, new technology jobs in the next two decades.


The Livermore Valley Center, commonly referred to as LVC, consists of over five redeveloped acres in the heart of Downtown Livermore. The LVC’s blend of pedestrian-scaled open space, retail/restaurant/office uses, entertainment, and public parking successfully stimulates retail and other commercial activity that increases the City’s tax base. The LVC built between 2005 and 2008, includes the following projects: a 13-screen digital cinema, a First Street Mixed-Use Commercial complex; a 500-seat performing arts theater; and, a public plaza with an amphitheater. The LVC transformed a rundown, dull, aging downtown into a vibrant, bustling, tax generating, family friendly City core that generates pride in residents.


The Livermore Science and Technology Center Brochure markets underutilized industrial and commercial areas in the City as ideal locations for growing, relocating, or starting businesses. The brochure, targeted at companies and entrepreneurs, highlights the Center’s close proximity to Livermore’s two national laboratories, their new Livermore Valley Open Campus, the new i-GATE innovation hub, the local science and technology industry and the one-hundred-twenty-eight-year old viticulture industry with its award-winning wineries.


For more information, please contact the Livermore Economic Development Department at (925) 960-4140.