- The City of Long Beach
Accepts “Most Business Friendly Award” (image courtesy LAEDC)
Long Beach wins top honors for cities with populations greater than 60,000, while Santa Fe Springs wins for cities with less than 60,000 residents
Los Angeles—The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced the cities of Long Beach and Santa Fe Springs as the winners of its annual“Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County” competition at its 14th Annual Eddy Awards. The Eddy Awards are attended by more than 600 leaders from the business, government, and education communities.
The City of Long Beach emerged as the most business-friendly city in L.A. County for the cities with more than 60,000 residents. Long Beach believes that a city must invest in modern infrastructure as a foundation for the development of long term economic prosperity for its businesses and residents and that is why they are committing more than $1.1 billion to infrastructure investments. They are also demonstrating their commitment to retaining jobs in their region through an investment in the local business community by offering Enterprise Zone benefits, expedited permit processing, and a transparent, proactive government comprised of civic leaders who understand the necessity of planned growth.
The Long Beach Business Development Center offers grants and loans, permit and site selection assistance, and help with employee recruitment and training. The city’s commitment to a high quality of life is unparalleled. Long Beach has more than 150 parks, and more than 3,000 acres within the city are developed for recreation.
With a population of more than 500,000 residents, Long Beach is the second largest city in the County and boasts one of the largest port complexes in the nation which helps support literally hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout Southern California. Long Beach has been named a finalist for this award every year since its inception in 2006.
The City of Santa Fe Springs was selected as the winner for the category of cities with less than 60,000 residents. Santa Fe Springs strategically invests in infrastructure, public safety, property redevelopment and other services to meet businesses needs as well as providing a well-balanced, attractive For the full story and criteria for selecting “Most Business Friendly Cities”