RSG Solutions

June 13, 2023

Next week, RSG will be attending the California Association for Local Economic Development (“CALED”) Annual Conference and Financing Pre-Conference. The in-person event takes place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

We’re sponsoring a Culinary Crawl on June 22nd, starting at 5pm! Participants will embark on a journey through downtown LA’s finest restaurants, experiencing a diverse range of cuisines, while creating meaningful connections and lasting memories. It’s already sold out, and we thank everyone who has secured their spot. In case you didn’t know, RSG will also be presenting and moderating a pre-conference and conference session, respectively. Looking forward to sharing and learning about all things economic development.

For more details about the workshop sessions, please continue reading below.

Pre-Conference Session Title

Today’s Project Environment & Key Trends


Tuesday, June 20 from 10am – 10:45am


Building project development and finance capacity at the local level has never been more important – whether you are looking at housing, infrastructure, or economic development projects. CALED’s Chair Larry Vaupel will share an overview on how we are working to increase capacity, while development expert Jim Simon will share what’s happening in the project environment and key trends.


Jim Simon, Principal & President, RSG, Inc.

Larry Vaupel, Director of Economic Development, City of Vista and CALED Chair

Conference Session Title

Economic Development: a Catalyst for Transformation


Wednesday, June 21 from 1pm – 2pm


The conference kicks off with California Labor Secretary Stewart Knox talking about transformational projects in our regions that are changing how our economy moves forward. Then we will hear from Fred Jackson, the Asst. General Manager at the City of Los Angeles, as he discusses recent LA successes before introducing representatives from various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. They will take attendees on a virtual tour of transformational economic development projects in the City, including Destination Crenshaw, Leimert Park, and the Arts District. Discover how these communities are driving growth, equity, and sustainability.



Jim Simon, Principal & President, RSG, Inc.


Stewart Knox, Secretary, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, State of California

Frederick Jackson, Assistant General Manager, Economic Development; Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles

Akil West, CEO, Sole Folks Inc. & Founder, Black Owned & Operated Community Land Trust

Jason Foster, President & COO, Destination Crenshaw

Brenda Solorio, Director, Community Engagement, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator