LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Cal State Northridge wins honors for bolstering LA economy
Sen. Bob Hertzberg part of gala, award
NORTHRIDGE >> For nearly six decades, Cal State Northridge has played a vital role in stoking the economic engine of Los Angeles.
That’s why the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation last week presented CSUN with its 2015 Eddy Award, which honors leading contributors to local economy and those who create good jobs.
Other recipients included Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Los Angeles-based CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, as well as the cities of Palmdale and El Segundo. The awards were formally presented Thursday at a gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“As the third-largest university in California, CSUN is a catalytic hub of education, research and innovation — playing a critical role in the economic development of the region,” said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, in a statement.
“Working collaboratively with LAEDC and public- and private-sector partners, CSUN positively impacts nearly every aspect of life in our community.”
Only three other Los Angeles-area institutions of higher education have received an Eddy Award. The others are the California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.
In announcing the honor, LAEDC officials noted that CSUN is the largest of the five California State University campuses in Los Angeles County and is “fundamental to the economic prosperity of the region.”
California State University, Northridge, serves a diverse student body of more than 40,000 students.
It has been ranked among the top five universities in the nation by EdSmart.org for advancing U.S. economic progress, and by the National Science Foundation for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences.
CSUN-related spending generates an estimated $1.9 billion in economic output throughout the state. Of this, about $1.6 billion occurred within Los Angeles County, helping to bolster nearly 12,000 jobs.
The Northridge campus has more than 300,000 alumni, 80 percent of whom live and work in Southern California.
University partnerships in the community include one with L.A. Cleantech Incubator to foster entrepreneurship, business formation and job creation. CSUN also has joined forces with five regional California State University campuses as the “CSU5,” to advance regional education, research and workforce development.
A video was presented at the gala to showcase CSUN’s reach in Los Angeles County and beyond. It included comments by Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Fernando Valley civic leader David Fleming and prominent CSUN alumni, including Eva Longoria ’13 (M.A. Chicana/o Studies), David Nazarian ’82 (Business), Earl Enzer ’83 (Finance), Sue Herera ’80 (Journalism) and Bill Griffeth ’80 (Journalism).
“We, at the university, are honored to be recognized for doing something that is such an integral part of who we are — elevating the social, cultural and economic well-being of Los Angeles,” Harrison said.
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