17 What’s the single most compelling fact or idea we want consumers to remember? (Keep it simple and straightforward.)  Key Message: The Port of Long Beach is a vital business entity and major contributor to the betterment of Long Beach and surrounding communities Jobs. And more jobs. With the movement of products of virtually every kind, the Port is a powerful economic engine. In fact, 316,000 jobs in the five- county Southern California region are Port-related.