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Discussion Areas Highlight Community Business Development, Local Workforce Development and Sustainability 


The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games today announced it has held initial meetings with local community leaders to gather advice and guidance for Games planning around community business and procurement, local hire and workforce development and sustainability. 


LA28 created three groups dedicated to these topics to ensure the 2028 Games planning reflects the values of Los Angeles, uplifting communities and creating economic opportunities across the region. 


Participants in the working groups represent organizations across the Los Angeles region that are actively engaged in local communities and interested in shaping the future of our city and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The three groups assembled by LA28 will meet quarterly to inform LA28 planning with diverse viewpoints and community knowledge. 


“We are working closely with civic and nonprofit organizations and their subject matter experts to ensure diverse voices are included as we plan the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said LA28 Vice President of Impact Erikk Aldridge. “We have a unique opportunity to use the Games as a catalyst for progress, co-creating benefit for the region that will be around well after the Games are over.” 


These groups will ensure the LA28 Games represent Los Angeles by providing guidance on the Games’ impact and sustainability plans. The groups will help shape policies to provide small, local and Minority-owned businesses with access to contract opportunities and workers representing the diverse Los Angeles community with access to job opportunities associated with the Games. They will help identify ways to accelerate local impact and sustainability investments and practices, ensuring the LA28 Games will serve as a catalyst for lasting benefits to the region. 


Organizations advising on community business and procurement today include: Asian Business Association, Fair Trade LA, LA Area Chamber of Commerce, LA Business Council, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity Office of Small Business, LA County Federation of Labor, LA Sports and Entertainment Commission, LA Urban League, South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone, Valley Economic Alliance, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West.


Organizations advising on local hire today include: Arts for LA, Brotherhood Crusade, Cal State University Office of the Chancellor, Community Build, Disability Community Resource Center, Diversability, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, LA Conservation Corps, LA Works, Los Angeles / Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, Los Angeles Regional Consortium, Service Employees International Union Local 721 and South Bay Workforce Investment Board.


Organizations advising on sustainability today include: Climate Resolve, Heal the Bay, IBEW Local 11, Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, Pacoima Beautiful, Players for the Planet, Teamsters Local 396, TreePeople, UCLA Office of Sustainability and USC Office of Sustainability.


In addition to representatives from local organizations, groups are joined by City of LA representatives from: City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration, City of Los Angeles Personnel Department, City of LA Mayor's Office of Energy and Sustainability, City of Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment Department, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works and City of Los Angeles Office of Procurement.


The LA28 Games will mark Los Angeles’ third time to host the Olympic Games, previously hosted in 1984 and 1932, and first time to host the Paralympic Games. Los Angeles is expected to host 15,000 of the world’s most elite athletes in 2028 as it welcomes Paralympians and Olympians from around the world to compete on the biggest stage in sports. The LA28 Games are independently operated by a privately funded, non-profit organization.