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LAEDC is the only organization in Southern California focused on a comprehensive approach to raising standards of living, which includes fostering job creation in our leading industry clusters and ensuring our residents can access those job opportunities.  LAEDC’s programs and initiatives, including our work facilitating the L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development, address the root causes of poverty and income inequality, and set a foundation for healthy families, widely shared prosperity and livable communities.  As part of this work, LAEDC has directly saved or created over 200,000 jobs in the region.

Invest in vital programs that improve the standards of living for all LA County residents, and associate your organization’s name with this transformative progress. Learn more about the many benefits of membership HERE.

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Membership Levels

Organizations that take a leadership position with annual membership see a return-on-investment in many ways, including access to the board and executive committee meetings, networking with leaders from the region, access to insights from our economists, have a voice in which topics and articles LAEDC highlights, and other unique benefits that help their business.  Members provide the largest source of funding for LAEDC’s non-profit, public benefit mission.

[]  $35,000 Annual Membership – CEO’s table

[]  $25,000 Annual Membership – Economic Patron

[]  $15,000 Annual Membership – Economic Leader

[]  $10,000 Annual Membership – Industry Leader

[]  $5,000 Annual Membership – Corporate Member



Signature Events

Future Forums

LAEDC Future Forums 

  • Forum 1 (October 2018)
  • Forum 2 (January 2019)
  • Forum 3 (April 2019)
  • Forum 4 (June 2019)

Are you and your organization prepared to be part of LA County’s new economy? LAEDC’s Future Forums series take a deep dive into key industries and explore trends ahead, workforce demands, new technologies, policy reform needs and more. The Future Forums are hosted in both geographically diverse and creative environments around LA County. In 2017-2018, the topics included Future of Work; Future of Smart Cities; Future of Retail; and the Future of Healthcare.

Audience Profile:  150 – 200 of the region’s leading business, government, civic, and education leaders attend these events. Depending on theme, there is heavier representation by that specific industry.

Sponsorship Values

  • $75,000 (Series Sponsor) SOLD
  • $7,500 (Featured speaker/Moderator for 1 Forum – by invitation only)
  • $5,000 (Breakfast Sponsor for 1 Forum)

View a recap of the Cyber Security ForumView a recap of the Entertainment ForumView a recap of the AI & Robotics ForumView a recap of the Smart Cities Forum.

RED Talks = Insight from L.A.'s Innovators & Entrepreneurs

R.E.D. Talks (Featured Speakers are TBD)

  • October 2018
  • January 2019
  • April 2019

 The RED Talks (RED = Regional Economic Development) provides a platform for influential change-agents in LA County that are creating advances to improve the vitality of the region (i.e. media, real estate, technology, politics, etc.).  There are networking and collaboration opportunities for attendees before and after the Talks.  Events to be hosted in different parts of LA that reflect the diversity of the community.

Audience Profile:  100 of the region’s leading technology, workforce development, start up’s, and those looking to be inspired. This platform is geared toward the millennial demographic.

Sponsorship Values

  • $35,000 (Series Sponsor – 3 events)
  • $10,000 – Sponsorship of (1) R.E.D. Talk
  • $5,000 (Cocktail Reception Sponsor for 1 RED Talk)

View a recap of the Talk with Dollar Shave Club CEO & Founder, Michael Dubin.  View a recap of the Talk with co-founders of Lucid Sight Inc., Octavio Herrera and Randy Saaf.  View a recap of the talk with Tradesy Founder & CEO, Tracy DiNunzio.  View a recap of the Talk with HopSkipDrive co-founder & CEO, Joanna McFarland.

Chairman's Series

Chairman’s Series with Elected Officials

  • 6-8 meetings during the FY2018-2019 with various elected city leaders throughout LA County

The Chairwoman Series provides LAEDC members with opportunities to join intimate, round-table discussions with elected officials in our region, to engage in dialogue about priorities and hear input and questions from LAEDC members. LAEDC incoming Chairman for fiscal year 2018-2019 is Eric Rowan, and serves as our host at these meetings along with the sponsor(s), and LAEDC CEO, Bill Allen.

Audience Profile:  maximum guests are 30 for each of these roundtables in an effort to offer maximum face time with city leaders. Attendees consists of LAEDC members with vested interests in a particular policy, and/or city being featured.

Sponsorship Values

  • $15,000 Lead sponsor (one)
  • $7,500 Co-Sponsor (maximum of 2 sponsors at this level)

View a recap of the Chairman’s Series with the City of Arcadia.

LAEDC Economic Forecast

LAEDC Annual Economic Forecast

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Omni Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The LAEDC Economic Forecast is the region’s premier source for in-depth economic information and analysis on Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas. The Forecast provides a comprehensive economic outlook on a global, national, state and local level. The Forecast event features leading economists outside of the LAEDC to provide insights on the larger, global perspective of the economy, as well as the regional outlook.

Audience Profile:  500+ business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, and professionals from the education, finance, media and civic sectors.

 Sponsorship Values

  • Annual Forecast Lead Sponsor: $35,000 SOLD
  • Event Sponsorship – $2,500  
  • Exhibit booth $400 members, $600 non-member

View a recap of the 2017 Economic Forecast.

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Annual Eddy Awards gala fundraiser dinner

23nd Annual Eddy Awards®

  • November 8, 2018 
  • Intercontinental Hotel, in Downtown Los Angeles
  • 6:00pm to 7:15pm – General Reception & Silent Auction
  • 7:30pm to 9:15pm – Dinner & Awards Program

The Eddy Awards® is a cocktail reception, dinner, and awards gala to support fulfillment of the LAEDC mission to advance opportunity and prosperity for all. The Awards were introduced by the LAEDC in 1996 to honor individuals, organizations, and cities that demonstrate exceptional contributions to positive economic development in the region.  Honorees have not yet been invited for the 2018 Eddy Awards. The dinner includes a live reveal of the Most Business Friendly City in LA County award that is issued to one large city, and one small city within LA County.

Audience Profile:  600+ of the region’s leading business, government, civic, and education leaders attend this annual event.

Sponsorship Values

  • $50,000 SOLD
  • $25,000     
  • $15,000     
  • $10,000    
  • $5,000

View a recap of the 22nd Annual Eddy Awards.

InnovateLA, the annual weeklong celebration of Innovation

InnovateLA (INLA)

  • November 5 – 16, 2018
  • Kickoff Event – first Wednesday in October 2018
  • Audience Profile:  300+ leaders in Innovation

InnovateLA—a CALED Grand Prize Winner for Economic Development—is a countywide celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within our region. By providing a well-publicized platform for organizations to showcase cutting-edge innovations, InnovateLA creates greater awareness of our region’s new technologies, processes, products and services that add diversity and value to LA’s economy and set the stage for growth of well-paying jobs.

Sponsorship Values

  • $50,000 -1 available
  • $25,000 – 2 available
  • $10,000 – 3 available
  • $5,000 – 4 available

Select LA Investment Summit

Select LA Investment SummitWorld Trade Center LA

  • May/June, 2019 
  • JW Marriott LA Live, DTLA

In its fifth year, the World Trade Center Los Angeles will once again host international delegations for a large scale, two-day conference with industry giants speaking about the benefits of doing business in LA County and foreign direct investment in our region.

Audience Profile: 350+business leaders, elected officials serving the international markets, or looking to be more of a global entity. International trade delegations consist of business owners looking to expand business relationships in Los Angeles County. Foreign consulates and trade associations are also in attendance.

 Sponsorship Values

  • $50,000 (one lead sponsor)
  • $30,000
  • $25,000    
  • $10,000        
  • $5,000
  • Exhibit booths $1,500

World Trade Center's Consular Corps Briefing

Consular Corps Program–World Trade Center LA

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  • LA Downtown Hotel

The Consular Corp Program is on the Monday of the 3-day VerdeXchange Conference, a platform that brings global and California energy and sustainability leaders together to debrief on energy policy and to explore what drives clean technology markets. The WTCLA puts on a panel briefing on how to do business in LA County and invites our international community. This event is by invitation only, and complimentary to the LAEDC members. State-wide dignitaries are invited to speak, as well as representatives from a legal and funding aspect of doing business in LA County. The audience is foreign consulates and trade advisors who represent the largest countries the US does trade with.

Audience Profile:

  • Program – 60+ Foreign Consulates and Trade Investment Advisors representing more than 45 countries.
  • Reception – 100+ attendees including foreign consulates, LAEDC members and VerdeXchange conference attendees.
  • This program is by invitation only and complimentary to the attendees.

Sponsorship Values

  • $10,000 for exclusive one hour presentation
  • $5,000 reception sponsor
  • $550 exhibit booth during reception (maximum of 4)
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Programs & Economic Analysis

Strategic Plan for Economic Development

plan cover2In January 2016,  the new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for LA County Economic Development was finalized, after a year of input from hundreds of stakeholders in more than two dozen public forums that brought together leaders from business, government, labor, education, environmental, and community-based organizations to define priorities and strategies that will lift up our residents and set a foundation for growth of good jobs in the future.  Now, implementation is beginning and requires critical funding resources.

In order to continue to facilitate and implement the region’s strategic priorities and collaborative efforts to create well-paying jobs, help key industry development and  grow a workforce to navigate the challenging transition to an Information Age economy, the LAEDC is seeking financial sponsorship for the program.

Sponsorship Value – $100,000 for Program Sponsors ( Maximum of 5 Sponsors) 

International Trade Missions with World Trade Center

WTCLA will be continuing its tradition of trade missions to international destinations to help overseas investors find opportunities in Los Angeles County, and develop new markets for exports of U.S. products and services.  These missions continue to drive successful and positive impact in L.A., and build lasting relationships that enable global business expansion.

Industry Cluster Development Initiatives

LAEDC takes action in support of growth and success of leading export-oriented industry clusters in LA County, including aerospace, advanced transportation and biosciences.  We work with stakeholders and firms with deep expertise in these industries to define implementation plans that will shape the regional economy.  These exciting initiatives and programs have significant impact on economic opportunity in the region and set the region on a better foundation for sustainable job growth.  Learn more by contacting the LAEDC’s Strategic Initiatives department at 213-236-4815 or [email protected].







To become a member or sponsor LAEDC’s events and initiatives, contact Melissa Kham, VP of Strategic Relations at 213-236-4815.

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