Economic Development

Emerging Hollywood: Building a Better Neighborhood

“Emerging Hollywood: Building a Better Neighborhood” will be the theme of the 2016 Hollywood Economic Development Summit. Presenting sponsor for the summit will be Townscape Partners, developers of the planned 8150 Sunset Blvd. project.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, June 23rd, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 Sunset Blvd. Admission for advance registrants is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Registration can be done online by going to

Co-chairs Dwayne Gathers (Gathers Strategies) and Timothy Grubbs (Valley Crest Design Group) promise another outstanding program that will discuss how Hollywood is evolving into a positive case study for urban development in Southern California. They hope to discuss not just real estate projects but some of the key issues that must be addressed as Hollywood moves forward.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Christopher Hawthorne, the Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic. With substantial experience and engagement on issues around architecture, urban planning, mobility and sustainability, Hawthorne brings a rich focus to the very issues with which Hollywood is dealing.

In addition, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who represents Hollywood’s business district will welcome attendees and offer his perspective on why Hollywood matters. Councilmember David Ryu has also been invited to participate.

Of special interest this year will be two panels: one titled “Designs on Hollywood” that will discuss how good design can improve the quality of life in Hollywood, and a second on Tourism’s Impact on Jobs and the Economy. Participants in the Designs on Hollywood panel will include Denise Zacky-Popoch of Gensler Architects, Eric Olsen of TCA Architects and Robert Herscu of HQ Creative. Grant King of the Hollywood International Regional Center, developer of the Dream Hotel, will participate on the second panel, as well as other representatives from the hospitality and entertainment industry.

Attendees at the Summit will also receive a complimentary copy of the Chamber’s popular annual Economic Development Update for 2016 as well as a copy of the 2016 Hollywood Business and Community Profile.

As of press time, the following sponsors had signed up: Presenting Sponsor Townscape Partners, Diamond-level sponsors include Harridge Development Group; Gold-Level Sponsors include CIM Group, Gonzales Law Group, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Paramount Contractors & Developers.

Silver-Level Sponsors include: Hollywood Entertainment District, Sunset & Vine BID.

For information on sponsorship, please call the Hollywood Chamber at (323) 469-8311.

Hollywood Economic Development Update 2015

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce works closely with the community, new developers and financial investors on projects which are important to Hollywood’s revitalization. Each year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee holds an annual Summit packed with a program that discusses vitalization themes and introduces new projects and concepts in the pipeline. The Hollywood Chamber has mapped the location of all main projects on an annual map of Hollywood Economic Development.

The Hollywood Economic Development Map is available as a benefit to members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for a fee. We do not share electronic versions of this map. You may obtain a printed copy of this map as your complimentary benefit of membership. Price is $50 for non-members. Please email Hollywood Chamber: for further information.