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Published: December 5, 2016

CSULB honored with a 2016 Eddy Award

In November, CSULB was honored with a 2016 Eddy Award, given annually by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), to recognize honorees that demonstrate outstanding contributions to economic development in the region. The award was received by CSULB President Jane Close Conoley during the annual dinner gala and awards ceremony.

“I’m honored to be here, accepting this Eddy Award on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of California State University, Long Beach. Thank you LAEDC for recognizing the positive economic impact our university has on the region,” said Conoley when receiving the award. “The Beach, as we fondly call our university, is a direct employer of 5,000 faculty and staff and 7,000 students who live and work and create and shop in our region. We graduate between 8,000 to 10,000 students a year and most of our 300,000 alumni stay within 50 miles of campus, so our Beach “person power” is enormous. We generate jobs and we generate opportunities.”

CSULB was selected as the educational honoree based on improving graduation rates to all-time highs, its role in educating the workforce in key industries such as healthcare, tourism and transportation and partnerships with institutions that benefit those and other industries.

The university’s role as a partner in the Long Beach College Promise was also cited as a basis for the award. The Promise has been nationally recognized for transforming economic opportunity by placing higher education within reach for all, and aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life.

In addition to CSULB, other honorees included Brian Lee (individual), entrepreneur and founder of The Honest Company and AECOM (corporate).

The LAEDC cited each honoree for inspiring new models for doing business that are making a significant difference to people in L.A. County and around the world.

“This year’s honorees are each powerful examples of what visionary individuals and organizations can do to create stronger economies, healthier lives and more equitable societies,” said LAEDC CEO Bill Allen.