From Knife Skills to Life Skills, LA Kitchen Serves Up Hope

From Knife Skills to Life Skills, LA Kitchen Serves Up Hope

May 2018

Not many people would think of going to a kitchen to heal, but one man’s amazing mission has turned cooking and serving others into a tried-and-true therapy. Visionary Robert Egger founded LA Kitchen in 2015 with a simple, yet challenging and powerful goal: neither food nor people should ever go to waste.

Called Empower LA, this unique school operating out of LA Kitchen, admits 22 new students every 14 weeks. Not your typical applicants, all of the participants represent at-risk community members either having been incarcerated, homeless or aged out of foster care.

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Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Wants to Bootstrap Startups

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Wants to Bootstrap Startups

April 2018

The LACI complex is made up of an adaptively reused and seismically retrofitted historic warehouse, offering a mix of offices, labs, and makerspaces allowing cleantech companies access to cutting-edge fabrication and prototyping tools.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, originally started in 2011, moved in 2016 into a 60,000-square-foot complex, known as the La Kretz Innovation Campus, one of the inaugural public amenities of a new Cleantech Corridor planned by the City of Los Angeles for a vast area stretching from the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, in East LA, to the Arts District, downtown.

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$50 Million in US Treasury New Market Tax Credits Awarded to LADF

$50 Million in US Treasury New Market Tax Credits Awarded to LADF

February 2018

The Los Angeles Development Fund (LADF) is pleased to announce that it is the proud recipient of an additional $50 million in New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation issued by the US Treasury Department. In total, LADF has now received $225 million in NMTCs that directly impacts the lives of Angelenos, providing a tremendous boost to the local economy and aiding in the revitalization of low income neighborhoods.

With the new award, LADF expects to create 1,176 direct new jobs (489 permanent jobs and 687 construction jobs) and support retention of 319 permanent jobs. It is estimated that the new allocation will result in the construction or rehabilitation of 94,280 square feet of retail space and provide 226,313 low income persons with better access to commercial goods and services.

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Director of the CDFI Fund Visits LADF

Director of the CDFI Fund Visits LADF

April 2017

Annie Donovan, Director of the CDFI Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury, spent time with LADF staff members and visited some LADF financed project sites.

On the tour was a lunchtime stop at The Dream Center where everyone got into the spirit of mealtime. Founded in 1994, the Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month. The center offers over 40 services to low-income individuals through its onsite and offsite outreaches, which help address issues relating to homelessness, addiction, human trafficking, hunger and poverty.

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Anita May Rosenstein Campus Ground Breaking Ceremony

Anita May Rosenstein Campus Ground Breaking Ceremony

March 2017

On March 18 Jan Perry, board member of the Los Angeles Development Fund, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus.

“One of the joys of being a board member of the Los Angeles Development Fund is to know that our work contributes to life changing projects like this one.” Perry said. “The LADF has committed to giving the Los Angeles LGBT Center 10 million dollars toward the building of a unique facility that provides support services and much needed housing, including 100 affordable housing units for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth and 35 units of permanent supportive housing for youth. The Center is building the new campus to assist and save thousands of LGBT youth and seniors over the years.”

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54 Kitchens Under One Roof?

54 Kitchens Under One Roof?

January 2017

KCET’s SoCal Connected visits LA Prep and LA Kitchen for a special tour of the food incubator. The show’s Anchor, Val Zavala, met with some of the chefs who are changing L.A.'s food culture one kitchen at a time.

LA Prep is a full time production space for wholesale food producers, providing commercial kitchen space for approximately 50 small- to medium-sized food production tenants.

LA Kitchen, LA Prep's primary tenant, believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. By reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, through training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and

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