At the 21st annual Eddy Awards on Thursday evening, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, or LAEDC, recognized the city of Santa Clarita as the “Most Business Friendly City” with a population greater than 68,000.
The winners were selected based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated commitment to economic development as a priority
Programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
Economic development activity over the past three years
Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
Availability of economic incentives
Regular communication with business clients
Santa Clarita is community minded and business driven, and businesses have a support team helping them navigate the challenges of sustaining growth.
2016 Eddy Awards Ceremony
A strong network of city departments, business associations, community organizations, and governmental agencies work collaboratively to make Santa Clarita a business-friendly haven in L.A. County.
This unified approach cuts through red tape, streamlines permits, and ultimately provides more efficiency for local businesses.
The Panel of Judges also noted the extensive programs and incentives including targeted industry incentives, and strong collaboration with College of the Canyons for workforce development, a Film Friendly ordinance, and an Economic Development Element within the City’s General Plan as factors demonstrating commitment to business friendliness. City of Santa Clarita was the Winner of the Award in 2008, and a Finalist in 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2015.
More details can be found at: http://laedc.org/eddy-awards
Photos of the event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laedc/albums/72157676325574255