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The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) is a community-based non-profit organization located in South Los Angeles. Established in 1979 as a citizen advisory committee by Mayor Tom Bradley in response to the South LA community's concern regarding the closing of a Sears Department Store, the organization began operations in 1981.


Since inception, VSEDC has brought innumerable benefits to the community and has grown from a small grassroots neighborhood organization to a well-known and highly regarded community institution with a proven track record of success. VSEDC has mobilized dollars from the private sector and all levels of government to lead the revitalization of the Vermont Slauson community. Furthermore, VSEDC has good working relationships with entities such as the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, Community Development Department, and the Mayor's Office.


VSEDC is governed by an active Board of Directors comprised of area residents, community leaders, local merchants and real estate development professionals. Through an on-going strategic planning process with Board members and staff, VSEDC is able to respond quickly to socioeconomic changes and the needs of its community members.

VSEDC has produced more than $60 million in physical development projects and created/retained more than 3,000 jobs in the South Los Angeles community. Projects have included:


  • Western Slauson Business Center: 18,000 sq. feet
  • Business Enterprise Center: 10,000 sq. feet
  • Vermont Slauson Retail Center: 57,000 sq. feet
  • Vermont Slauson Shopping Center: 175,000 sq. feet
  • Central/Florence Avenue Villas
  • Housing Rehabilitation: single family and apartments
  • NSP2 HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program: development of 200 residential units
  • Business development programs for the retail industry, furniture industry, small start-ups and existing businesses


VSEDC has a highly educated, motivated and committed staff that works to achieve the agency's mission. Staff is strong in the areas of effective program planning, project development and implementation and delivery of technical assistance.  Administratively, the staff maintains strong administrative and project budgeting skills.

  • Joseph “Joe” T. Rouzan,III /Executive Director

    Joseph “Joe” T. Rouzan III  will assist VSEDC to navigate through the evolving and expanding needs for economic and small business development solutions in South Los Angeles.

    Mr. Rouzan most recently held the position of Director for the City of Los Angeles Business Source

    program overseeing 9 Business Source Centers throughout Los Angeles and operating a 4.5M annual budget. Joe concludes 29 years of City Service which includes 13 with the Economic and Workforce Development Department and 16 with the Los Angeles Police Department. Prior to his most recent city service, Joe served as the Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Brotherhood Crusade, General Manager of both the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Hawthorne Malls

    and owned and operated JTA Security Management and Investigations. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science

    degree in Public Administration, conferred by California State University, Dominguez Hills.


  • Marva Smith Battle-Bey / Founder

    Ms. Battle-Bey, Founder of VSEDC, passed away on April 7, 2016. Ms. Battle-Bey spearheaded the organization to accomplish over $60 million in economic development projects within the Vermont Slauson community. As a nationally recognized authority on economic development, Ms. Battle-Bey had attained academic recognition from the University of Southern California, where she was a  Ph.D. candidate and served on the Advisory Council for the School of Policy, Planning and Development. Active in a variety of organizations, Ms. Battle-Bey was a member and/or serves on the Board of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, Association of Women Business Entrepreneurs, the Southern California Business Development Center, a multi-bank CDC representing 30 lenders and a loan fund of $35 million; the California Economic Development Lending Initiative (CEDLI), and the California Organized Investment Network (COIN), which was co-founded by VSEDC. Ms. Battle-Bey possessed a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Regional Planning, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.

  • Pamela Bizzell / Program Manager

    Ms. Bizzell serves as Program Manager for VSEDC's Entrepreneurial Training Program and housing rehabilitation for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Program. A long-time staff member of Vermont Slauson, Ms. Bizzell has been instrumental in various community development projects throughout her tenure including managing the Affordable Housing Development and the City of Los Angeles Rehabilitation Housing Loan programs. She has also managed special projects including beautification initiatives along the Vermont Slauson corridor. Ms. Bizzell received a Bachelor's Degree from Fisk University and Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

  • Sarah Moore / General Office Manager

    Ms. Moore assists with general office management including logistical support, outreach, correspondence, information management and staff scheduling. She is also responsible for special projects such as event assistance and proposal development. Ms. Moore possesses an Associate's Degree in Business Office Administration from El Camino College and has extensive experience in administrative support and office management. She is also an active and enthusiastic committee leader in the Alumni Association of Thomas Jefferson High School.

  • Board of Directors



    Bill Holland, Vice President


    LaVerne Wilson, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer


    Hester Davis, Secretary


    Jeff Elam


    Correspondence for Board Members may be sent to:

    VSEDC Headquarters

    1130 W. Slauson Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA  90044



1130 West Slauson Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044

Tel: (323) 753-2335

Fax: (323) 753-6710


Business Source Center

6109 South Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90047

Tel: (323) 789-4515

Fax: (323) 789-4524

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Tel: (323) 753-2335

Fax: (323) 753-6710


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