Jan Perry

12/17/2013 1:43 pm0 commentsViews: 10
Jan Perry  Photo by Gary McCarthy

Jan Perry
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously
confirmed former councilwoman Jan Perry as head of the newly created Economic
and Workforce Development Department.
Perry was serving on an interim basis when appointed by Mayor Eric
Garcetti as permanent general manager of the department, which has about 175
employees and administers programs geared at job creation and economic
stimulus.
Perry told City News Service last month that her focus in forming the
department was on “making sure projects that are funded are tied to job
opportunities.”
The department is in the midst of overhauling contracts for the city’s
18 WorkSource Centers, where people go to look up employment want-ads, get
resume help and gain job skills. Perry said the department is looking for
contractors that will use public and private funding to create programs that
train workers in technological and other types of skills needed in well-paying
jobs.
The department also does some of the work of the city’s former Community
Redevelopment Agency, which was dismantled after the statewide dissolution of
these types of agencies.
Perry was appointed interim general manager of the department two days
after completing her third and final term as a councilwoman representing
downtown and South Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, Perry ran unsuccessfully for mayor and later threw
her support behind Garcetti.
When he first asked Perry to create the department, Garcetti said her
work “revitalizing downtown and South Los Angeles” are examples of the “kind
of leadership and expertise” needed to make the department “into a true
economic engine” for Los Angeles.

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