Schipske Joins LAEDC Jobs Defense Council

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Gerrie Schipske

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has joined the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Jobs Defense Council. She attended Wednesday’s meeting which focused on ways to attract aerospace and related industries to stay, expand, or set up operations in the region.

“I feel that it’s extremely important that Long Beach does everything it can to maintain Boeing’s presence in our city and to do everything we can to support the businesses that depend on Boeing for their success,” stated Schipske, whose council district includes the aerospace corporation, “It’s important that someone on Council is participating on this county-wide council to ensure that Long Beach is represented.” 

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1981. Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. The L.A. Jobs Defense Council, an LAEDC initiative, is a group of regional and local electeds, agencies, aerospace related business representatives, and labor leaders whose mission is to protect, grow and attract aerospace talent and export-ready businesses in Southern California.

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske represents the 5th Council District in which The Boeing Company is located. She has launched a Facebook page where readers can indicate their support for this effort:, and authored two pieces of Council legislation which call for a City Council resolution in support of retaining and expanding Boeing in Long Beach, as well as funding an economic impact study that can be given to the Governor of California as evidence of what a loss of Boeing would mean to Long Beach and to the region. Both pieces of legislation passed unanimously this week in City Council.

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