Mayor Eric Garcetti Friday announced a program to help small and medium-size manufacturers in Los Angeles with economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program Recovery Roadmaps is working with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting to provide manufacturers with individualized plans to help them adapt to the current economic climate, the mayor’s office stated.
“Los Angeles is a manufacturing capital, and with COVID-19 dealing a devastating blow to this vital sector, we have to equip our small manufacturers with the tools and resources required to come back stronger than ever,” Garcetti said.
“So many factories used their assembly lines to deliver masks, gowns and personal protective equipment to workers on the front lines of this pandemic, and Recovery Roadmaps will help these essential businesses navigate our new reality and weather these unprecedented times.”
This initiative seeks to assist 3,500 small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Los Angeles region by Sept. 30.
Each participating manufacturer will be provided a customized roadmap with recommendations and resources to assist in the recovery from COVID-19.
The blueprints can include support for business continuity, workforce planning and safety, marketing, acquiring personal protective equipment, local supplier searches and risk management.
“We are excited to partner with the city to get manufacturers the help they need to navigate these difficult economic conditions,” said Jim Watson, the president of CMTC. “With the city’s help, I know we will reach the small and medium-sized manufacturers who are in the most need of these Recovery Roadmaps.”
Los Angeles is also using its network of Business Source Centers to connect manufacturers to the Recovery Roadmaps program, Garcetti said.
The program will highlight specific sectors of the local manufacturing through a “pitch fest” to connect small business owners with new clients, the mayor stated.
Any manufacturer in the Los Angeles area with fewer than 500 employees is eligible to participate, and interested businesses can sign up or find out more information at offers.cmtc.com/covid-19-recovery-roadmaps.
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