The following is a list of the top local business news stories that impacted the City of Long Beach in 2015:




• Mayor Robert Garcia presents his first State of the City address and announces several initiatives


• Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon Slangerup unveils “energy island” concept during his first State of the Port address




• International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) work slowdown exacerbates port congestion


• Virgin Galactic announces move to Douglas Park


• Mayor Garcia appoints members of new economic development commission




• Long Beach City Council passes incentive package for small businesses




• City council passes citywide project labor agreement


• Long Beach Technology And Innovation Commission holds its first meeting


• City pitches former redevelopment properties to developers


• Businessman Daryl Supernaw wins special election for 4th District city council seat


• Long Beach becomes one of 10 cities in the world to host inaugural e-Prix (Formula E) championship race




• ILWU and Pacific Maritime Association ratify labor contract agreement


• City announces members of Innovation Team (i-Team)




• H&M is among the first stores to open at the new Pike Outlets


• Mayor Garcia and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal propose Queen Mary Land Development Task Force




• City council agrees to study U.S. customs facility for international flights at airport


• Long Beach Airport gets “negative” outlook from Fitch Ratings as JetBlue cuts flights


• California’s new sick leave law goes into effect


• Airport tenants call for strategic plan for general aviation operations


• Mayor unveils Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget




• City council approves new Midtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) in Cambodia Town


• City council approves studying minimum wage proposal


• Toyota extends title sponsorship for Grand Prix


• Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners release new designs for civic center rebuild project




• City council approves contract with Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to study minimum wage


• City council passes FY 2016 budget


• City Place Mall owner announces center redesign




• Long Beach Economic Development Commission is given more time to study minimum wage issue


• Nearly 800 city employees seek decertification from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union




• Last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III leaves on November 29 as assembly plant officially closes


• City council approves Los Angeles-based Urban Commons as new master lessee for Queen Mary


• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces agreement to move forward with East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study


• Mercedes-Benz USA hosts grand opening of facility at Douglas Park


• LAEDC releases results of minimum wage study; Business Journal calls study flawed




•  Port of Long Beach experiences record-breaking cargo volumes for five consecutive months


• City council and Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approve civic center rebuild project


• City council hears report to add nine flight slots to Long Beach Airport to comply with airport noise ordinance