Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Los Angeles CBD

November 23rd, 2016

Los Angeles CBD is a thriving commercial hub comprised of 15 districts: Skid Row, Civic Center, Little Tokyo, Old Bank, South Park, Historic Core, Gallery Row, Fashion District, Arts District, Warehouse District, Jewelry District, Industrial District, and Toy District. Bunker Hill and the Financial District are also part of downtown Los Angeles and are considered the city’s business core area.

Los Angeles’ CBD was first defined as a business district in 1920, and was expanded and redeveloped during the 1950s and 1960s, when several high-rise office buildings were added to the city’s urban landscape. Downtown LA is easily accessible by road and mass transit, as the area lies at the intersection between the I-10, I-5 and I-110 roads, and is served by 4 Metro lines. Union Station is located on the northern edge of the CBD, and Los Angeles International airport is only 19 miles away from the downtown area.

Unlike other US business districts, downtown LA has a large (and growing) permanent population. In 2016, more than 50,000 people lived within a 2-mile radius of the CBD, and particularly in the eastern fringe, where many office buildings have been converted into residential units. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Business in Los Angeles

February 24th, 2015

Overview of Business in Los Angeles

A variety of industries help to make Los Angeles the successful economic center that it is. The city attracts businesses in the tourism, TV/film, hospitality and technology industries. These are not the only industries that thrive in the city, however. Traditional industries like law, finance and medicine also create jobs for residents in the city. Young professionals are attracted to the opportunities presented by the technology, medical and information industries.

International trade is also a major driver of the economy of Los Angeles, with its twin ports handling more than forty percent of both inbound and outbound containers for the whole country. More than one hundred and sixty thousand workers support the international trade sector in L.A. county.

Major Industries & Key Economic Drivers in Los Angeles

Technology continues to be a driving force behind the economy in L.A. and a number of major tech companies have their corporate offices in city and its surrounding areas. The information industry continues to provide numerous job opportunities for young graduates, in particular, the film and video gaming industries. The biotech industry is also combining with the information industry to create new applications that are beneficial for the health of society. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top 10 U.S. Cities for High Paying Tech Jobs

May 4th, 2012

As tech companies offer higher pay for developers, ten cities stand out in the U.S. as the highest paying for IT jobs. San Jose, San Francisco and New York offer the highest salaries. Those who are searching for the highest paying IT jobs obviously need to head west. Statistics from the recruiting company CyberCoders points out that the average salaries in San Jose and San Francisco average $14,000 more than in third ranked New York City.

The top 10 list does contain cities scattered throughout the U.S. where lucrative jobs can be found. Major cities like Boston, Washington D.C., Dallas and Chicago are included on the list. The greatest increase in salaries has come in mobile development positions. However, IT salaries have gone up across the board in the last year. Individuals who acquire multiplatform skills and are able to design and code within the constantly changing world of mobile applications become the highest paid workers.

The cities that rank highest in pay for IT jobs in high-range, mid-range and low-range salaries are:
1. San Jose, CA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. New York, NY
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Boston, MA
6. Los Angeles, CA
7. Brooklyn, NY
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Chicago, IL
10. Dallas, TX

The Roche Group is pushing back the frontiers of healthcare in 150 countries, employing about 80,000 workers. It has become one of the largest research-based healthcare groups. Genentech, a subsidiary, has led the biotech industry for over 30 years. They use human genetic information to develop specialized medicines for life-threatening diseases. The headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations are located in the U.S. Their philosophy is that the employees are their most important asset and they are dedicated to maintaining a great work place along with providing the best salaries for IT workers. Their CRM Techs provide expert technical information for Genentech’s Commercial Operations. They are responsible for maintaining project work, enhancements, and problem solutions. They work with onsite contractors and a Poland-based development team. These workers must be familiar with a variety of databases, with a strong technical foundation that includes advanced structured programming. Salary compensation for these positions is among the highest in the field.

CompuTech, located in Clarkstown, NY offers Desktop Support Tech positions with a world renowned computer manufacturing company. These are contract positions requiring backgrounds 5 years’ experience in both HP hardware and software, Windows XP and Windows 7 maintenance. Salaries are commensurate with experience and skill levels.

Similar positions may be found in any of the cities listed above. Depending on the applicant’s skills and training, and where he wants to work, high-paying IT jobs are available throughout the country.

The Ten Largest Companies in Los Angeles, California

April 16th, 2012

Mattel

Mattel is the world-renowned manufacturer of toys that has virtually cornered the market on toys in all major countries. Through it or its subsidiaries, most children throughout the world have at least one toy made by Mattel or its subsidiaries. They employ around 31,000 people, making them one of the largest businesses in the country. Their compensation package is decent enough to retain a good majority of those employees for years.

Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation has put on some of the biggest, most popular concerts in the world, and is becoming a major behemoth in the live entertainment industry. The company has recently been cleared to buy out Ticketmaster, giving it an even larger stake in the live entertainment industry. Live Nation Entertainment has almost 16,000 part time employees, and 4,700 full time employees.

Walt Disney Company

More familiar to western audiences as simply “Disney,” this company has been providing entertainment products for years via its different brands. Between the theme parks, the studios, and the many other businesses that it is involved with, Disney maintains a workforce of more than 156,000 people worldwide. The turnover here is fairly low in the United States, however the Walt Disney Company sees quite a bit of turnover in its international divisions.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Founded in 1919, the Hilton family of hotels has always been seen as one of the highest standards in hospitality. Not only was Hiltonthe first hotel chain to have locations coast to coast in the United States, but it is currently one of the largest hotel chains in the world. The company employs people around the world, as it operates in 78 countries throughout six continents.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a defense contractor for governments around the world. It is listed as the fourth largest defense contractor in the world, and is one of the 100 largest companies in the United States. Currently, Northrop Grumman has a workforce of 120,000 people worldwide. The company is widely considered to be one of the most “military-friendly” businesses in the United States, meaning it’s easier for former military members to get jobs here.

Occidental Petroleum

Occidental Petroleum is one of the largest petroleum companies operating worldwide. The petroleum side of the business is actually only one part of the many things that Occidental Petroleum does, and it branches out into chemical manufacture and other types of production. At last count, Occidental Petroleum has 11,000 employees working in its worldwide operations.

KB Home

KB Home is a house manufacturer that was once based out of Detroit, Michigan. Now, its operations are based in Los Angeles, and it is the largest manufacturer of homes in the country. It was also the first publicly traded company in the New York Stock Exchange to be classified as a “home builder.” It is a Fortune 500 company, and has been consistently named the “Most Admired Homebuilder” by Fortune for years.

Reliance Steel and Aluminum

Reliance is a Fortune 500 company that has been around since 1939. The company primarily deals in the production and sale of a number of specialized metal components for construction, but they aren’t limited to this. They currently employ 9,640 people in both a part time and full time capacity.

Mercury Insurance Group

Mercury is one of the largest insurance companies in the country, and has a workforce of roughly 5,000 people. They made waves recently as one of the only national carriers of insurance to work its way into some of the tighter state markets. Some states with tougher restrictions on insurance are often avoided by national carriers, meaning that Mercury Insurance Group is one of only a few engaged in this practice.

Univision Communications

Univision is one of the largest Spanish-language communications companies in both the United States and Mexico. The company was founded in 1992, and it employs people from Mexico to the United States in a wide variety of programming. Univision carries everything from news to variety shows on its networks, many of which are produced in-house. The production operations of Univision Communications are mostly conducted out of Miami, Florida.

Top Ten Cities for Business Start Ups in the US

March 12th, 2012

Rockville, MD
Rockville is a small suburb of Maryland that has a population of a little over 50,000 people. While it may not be the biggest place in the world, its location is what makes it such a hotbed of startup activity. Its proximity to a number of major national laboratories makes Rockville specifically a hub of the biotech industry, and it means that there are a lot of funding sources available for the right type of startup.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, California, is known mostly for its art and culture, but it also has a bustling economic scene in these tough times. The real benefit of operating out of San Francisco is the convergence of academia and business. There are a lot of established universities out here, as well as a lot of giants in the technology industry.

Franklin, TN
Franklin, Tennessee, is a small town about the size of Rockville, but is more of an entity of its own. There is a major biotechnology push in Franklin, with the university putting up state of the art facilities to push development in that sector. More than half of the people living in Franklin have at least a four year college education, and the technology industry here is on the rise.

Bellevue, WA
Close to the home of such giants as Microsoft, Bellevue, situated in Washington, is one of the hottest spots of activity in the technology sector in the country. Bellevue residents hold more patents than any other city in the country, and there are a lot of tax incentives for small startups, especially in the technology sector. Being so close to many of the larger, older technology firms gives startups the ability to utilize a wealth of industry information that is more readily found in this area than in other areas.

Cambridge, MA
Cambridge will be recognizable to most people as the home to both MIT and Harvard, two of the most prestigious universities in the world. As a town of roughly 100,000 people, Cambridge maintains a very low-key persona that carries an air of growth. The town has a reputation to uphold as one of the hotbeds of advancement in the country, and the incentives for small business development here are ample.

Irvine, CA

Irvine, California, has a number of things going for it that make it very attractive for startups. It is right outside of Los Angeles, so it is mostly populated by technology and entertainment-based startups, but there are many different businesses here. One of the most attractive aspects of the city is that it gives entertainment and technology startups access to Los Angeles without actually having to be located in the city itself.

Bend, OR
Bend, Oregon, has experienced a growth rate of 50 percent over the past decade, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The town itself used to be centered around logging, but has since become very involved with the technology, aviation, and biotech industries.

Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica, California, has become very popular for film startups over the past decade. The proximity to Los Angeles is the big draw here, with business owners getting all the benefits of Los Angeles without the stifling taxes that come with living in the city. Digital media production companies find that they are able to compete with larger film companies while operating out of Santa Monica.

Boca Raton, FL

Looking to shirk its reputation as nothing but a paved old folks home, Boca Raton, Florida, is very welcoming of startups, especially in the technology industry. There are a lot of smaller companies that work here that have been started by employees of IBM, which has operated out of Boca Raton since the 1970s.

Boulder, CO
Boulder, Colorado, has become something of an icon of the technology startup community. As the university has advanced its technology base over the past ten years, more and more businesses have been developing here from the resulting boom in startup grant funding. There are a number of national research labs maintained in Boulder, and these labs bring in a swathe of talent from around the globe– making Boulder a hotbed of activity in the technology industry.

Gourmet Food Trucks in LA: Top 10 Tips

November 9th, 2010

Whether you want a quick bite to eat or are a major foodie, food trucks have become popular for many reasons. Hipsters and office workers alike love the chance to support a local business in Los Angeles and enjoy cultural dishes. Busy professionals love buying a lunch that takes just seconds to prepare. To become a food truck connoisseur is quite easy, and all you need to do is find out where these roving trucks are. By checking a food truck’s Twitter feed or googling the truck’s name, you can get instant information on the whereabouts of a truck in your community.

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