The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter November 2015 Highlights

The Valley Economic Alliance Newsletter November 2015 Highlights

Transportation Summit

Missed the Transportation Summit on October 26th? Watch the full event on playlist below.

“Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet” Job & Resource Fair

Veterans exploring career opportunities had the chance to connect with scores of employers looking to boost their workforce at the “Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet” job and resource fair on Thursday, October 22nd, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.

More than 170 veterans and other job seekers explored career opportunities with 91 employers looking to hire qualified employees. Numerous government agencies, training programs, service organizations and schools also participated in the event, providing vets with information on their services and training opportunities.

Hosted by The Valley Economic Alliance and California Employment Development Department (EDD) this annual event is part of a series of job fairs held throughout the state to help veterans successfully transition back into civilian life.

EDD Director Patrick W. Henning, Jr. attended the fair, talking with veterans, veteran representatives, and employers. “These young men and women have risked their lives to preserve our American way of life,” said Henning. “The least we can do is help them find a job so they can grab a piece of the American dream they helped protect. These job fairs are designed to do just that.”

Photo 1; Ribbon cutting at the 9th annual job fair.

Photo 2; Job seekers meeting exhibitors, including the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Save the Date! Jingle & Mingle Holiday Open House
Wednesday, December 16th

Celebrate with us at our annual Jingle and Mingle Holiday open house on December 16th from 4:00pm-7:00pm!


  • Microsoft Device Bar
  • Apple will demonstrate new iPad Pro
  • Raffle Drawing and Prizes
  • Love is a Warm Blanket will be collecting blanket donations for the homeless
  • Hollywood Curling demonstration

Valley Hackathon

On Friday, November 13th, students from Glendale Community College, John Burroughs High School, Crescenta Valley High School and High Tech LA presented their ideas to attract and expand technology and entertainment businesses to the City of Glendale at the Valley Hackathon, held in Glendale Community College’s Library.

Teams presented their final concepts to a professional panel of judges that included City of Glendale Councilmember Zareh Sinanyan; Adam Velardo, Infrastructure Technology Manager with event sponsor Southern California Gas Company; Denis Wilson, President/Principal Consultant with Microsoft partner DWP Information Architects; Toby Ball, Vice President of Strategic Innovation with DVV Technology Solutions; and Cort Baker with General Networks, Inc.

The first place winners, “Glendale Business Associates,” received copies of Microsoft Office Pro sponsored by DWP Information Architects and the opportunity to present their idea during an information technology conference. Team “Look” received second place, and team “Yoke” received third.

“Teams exhibited creative ideas, enthusiasm and excitement for their work. The mixed teams of high school and college students provided a wonderful opportunity for team building and students discovering talent and skill sets among the team members. They learned about team work, research, marketing, economic development, and website and application design,” said Emma Sanchez, Glendale Community College.

Visit for team presentations.

Meet Nancy Carnahan

Nancy Carnahan has partnered with The Valley Economic Alliance as Strategic Program Management Consultant. She will be developing new health industry relationships with higher learning institutions, government, non-profits and business. She will also be creating an economic development report that will include regional registered nurse shortages. This report will be shared during our first ever health collaborative meeting in January 2016.

Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Colorado and Human Resource Management Certification from UCLA. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Resources at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Nancy has been involved with numerous charitable community projects for the elderly, events to benefit families in financial crisis due to unexpected medical costs and mentoring teenage girls in the San Fernando Valley. Her most recent volunteer endeavor is Novel Companions at Kaiser Permanente where she will interview patients and compose biographies of the patient’s non-medical history. Through listening, laughter, and open conversation, Novel Companions give care to the heart and soul of their patients.

Out and About

Kenn Phillips with new Mayor of Calabasas, James R. Bozajian at former Mayor Lucy Martin’s retirement party on November 18th.

Mayor Bozajian was elected to council in 1997, and served as Mayor from 1998-99, 2003-04,
2007-08 and 2011-12.

Metro celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Orange Line on November 5th. Mayors, elected officials, Valley representatives and community members attended the celebration.

At the Kaiser Permanente‘s North Hollywood Medical Office Open House & 2015 San Fernando Valley Community Benefit Grant Celebration on November 18th.

Kenn Phillips addressing delegates from the Philippines on November 10th at Corky’s Restaurant, hosted by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, San Fernando Valley Chapter.

At the Northeast Strategy “San Fernando Valley Sustainability and Prosperity” community workshop on November 4th. Attendees participated in community planning groups to help shape the future of our Northeast San Fernando Valley Communities.

Grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Grifols/Biomat USA, Inc. office in Van Nuys, hosted by The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce on November 3rd.

In the News:
Los Angeles Bioscience Industry Gets Boost from L.A. County Contract

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) has been selected by the County of Los Angeles to lead a diverse coalition of biosciences-related stakeholders in the development of an implementation plan for the region’s bioscience industry cluster. The goal of this action plan is to create skilled jobs and build capacity by leveraging our region’s resources in innovation, R&D, talent development, physical and real estate assets, and all stages of financing to foster significant growth in the bioscience industry in the Los Angeles County region.

Selection of the LAEDC and this coalition of stakeholders is the most recent step in an ongoing process led by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to accelerate the development of the biosciences industry cluster, as the Board of Supervisors moves to establish an Economic Development Trust Fund with an element focused on industry cluster development.

Supporting organizations in the bioscience Coalition include The Valley Economic Alliance, Barbara Halsey Consulting, which facilitates partnerships between the public and private sectors to move workforce, education and social improvement projects forward, Hart Realty Advisors, specializing in real estate investment management, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, providing regional support and field staff, and Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation providing regional support and field staff.

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Health Needs Focus Group with Education Administrators

Every three years, non-profit hospitals are required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This assessment highlights the health needs and assets of the community and informs hospitals where to prioritize their community benefit programs.

In partnership with The Valley Economic Alliance, Valley Care Community Consortium conducted a focus group on November 20th to obtain the general public’s perspective on the most important health issues facing the local community and to identify areas of needs and services to meet those needs. The group determined that the top five health issues are

1. Obesity/Nutrition, 2. Mental health, 3. Lack of knowledge, 4. Homelessness, and 5. Lack of physical activity.

Valley Care Community Consortium and Antelope Valley Partners for Health are working with Kaiser Permanente to conduct their 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Visit for the 2013 assessment.

The Future of Aging:Challenges and Opportunities in the New Longevity Landscape with Paul H. Irving
Thursday, December 17th

Population aging, a product of increasing longevity and lower birth rates, has profound
implications for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. While there are significant
health, financial and social challenges to aging, significant opportunities are emerging from this
longevity. The focus of retirement is shifting away from solitude and leisure towards continued
work in passion projects, second careers, continued education and contribution to one’s
community. Markets recognize the demand for products and services for this growing demographic, creating a “longevity economy.” How can healthy, purposeful aging strengthen societies and expand economies? What impact will longevity have on the lives of Baby Boomers, Gen X and the Millennials?

Paul H. Irving will discuss this new future of aging and how it will impact us today and for
generations to come on Thursday, December 17th from 11:30am-1:30pm, at the City Club Los Angeles.

Visit to register. Use discount code “Partner15” to receive a $55 member rate. Contact Lindsey Horowitz at 213-312-9308 for more information.

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