Mayor Eric Garcetti Speaks Tech, Innovation & Diversity at Cross Campus Downtown LA Launch

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti returned to Cross Campus yesterday to help us celebrate the launch of our Downtown LA location.

Addressing an audience of 150 Cross Campus members, investors and guests, the mayor charted the explosive rise of Downtown LA as a tech and startup hub to rival LA’s West Side...and even Silicon Valley.

Speaking with a tech-fluency that has long marked him as the industry’s favorite local elected official, Mayor Garcetti revealed his favorite apps (Instagram, My LA 311 and Go LA), and described his administration's efforts to strengthen the city’s tech infrastructure and increase diversity in the startup ecosystem.

(He also said some very nice things about Cross Campus’s past, present and future role in many of those areas.)

This was Mr. Garcetti’s third visit to Cross Campus. He first appeared on stage at our first Santa Monica location in 2012 while as a city councilman running for mayor; and then again as a guest when we hosted President Obama in our second Santa Monica location in 2014.

The evening also included a fireside chat with serial entrepreneur and LA City “Entrepreneur in Residence”, Eva Ho, and Cross Campus Co-Founder Dan Dato. Ho shared her 16-year journey as an entrepreneur in LA, the future of entrepreneurship in the region, and her efforts to nurture a culture of entrepreneurship for women in tech.

We were honored to host the Mayor and the Entrepreneur in Residence, and we are excited to continue helping to shape the city’s tech, startup and entrepreneurship skyscape.

Check out photos from the event here, and see more coverage from the event below.

This (LA) is the tech jobs capital of America - @ericgarcetti at @CrossCampusLA downtown launch VIP reception

— Digital LA (@DigitalLA) July 7, 2016

Like I always say, #LA is a good contender for Center of the Universe @CrossCampusLA, #mayorericgarcetti Ma...

— John Bates (@johnbates) July 7, 2016

We are not one of the best cities in the world, we are THE best city @MayorOfLA @ericgarcetti @CrossCampusLA

— Sri (@neursri) July 7, 2016

At @CityGrows' home base @CrossCampusLA - @ericgarcetti waxing poetic about #DTLA @HackForLA @metrolosangeles

— Catherine Geanuracos (@geanuracos) July 7, 2016

"We're building the *next* generation of Fortune 500 companies" @MayorOfLA @ericgarcetti #DTLA @CrossCampusLA

— Krisztina 'Z' Holly (@krisztinaholly) July 7, 2016

So inspired by Mayor @ericgarcetti 's message on the importance of creativity in LA & how #DTLA is shaping history!

— Cross Campus (@CrossCampusLA) July 7, 2016

Congrats to @CrossCampusLA on your DTLA grand opening. #DTLA @MayorOfLA taking tech

— GRID110 (@GRID110) July 7, 2016

LA Mayor @EricGarcetti says his favorite apps are @MyLA311 Instagram and Go LA. @CrossCampusLA #Ccdtlalaunch

— Digital LA (@DigitalLA) July 7, 2016

Pretty amazing to hear Mayor @ericgarcetti speak at @CrossCampusLA. Just another day at work!

— Sam Rosenthal (@samrosenthal) July 7, 2016

City of LA #EIR and VC @eva_ho speaking about nurturing entrepreneurship culture #womenintech @CrossCampusLA

— Catherine Geanuracos (@geanuracos) July 7, 2016

"I want #LA to be first place you can pay for all forms of #transportation with one #app" @MayorOfLA @CrossCampusLA

— Krisztina 'Z' Holly (@krisztinaholly) July 7, 2016

So proud that Los Angeles is home to one of the top tech economies in the world.

— Mayor of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA) July 7, 2016