The greater Antelope Valley is an area which includes North Los Angeles and East Kern Counties and contains more land than many states. The region contains the incorporated cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, California City, Ridgecrest and Tehachapi, and stretches from Acton in the south to Ridgecrest in the north, to Tehachapi and Gorman in the west and to the San Bernardino County line in the east. Nearly 600,000 people call the area home and a dynamic business base led by 21st century aerospace enterprises provide employment for most of the workforce, currently estimated at more than 200,000 people.
The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, (GAVEA) exists to ensure that the region maintains a well funded and sustained program to attract, retain and expand business opportunities to the greater Antelope Valley area.
GAVEA serves as the economic development corporation, (EDC) promoting the region to prospective businesses as well as working with the existing business community on retention and expansion programs. Attraction, expansion and retention of good paying jobs remain the core of GAVEA’s mission.
Through marketing initiatives, research and reporting services, site surveys and workforce programs, GAVEA provides all those involved in economic development with a common set of tools with which they can promote the benefits of doing business in our area.
Our goal is to help attract 3,000 new wealth-creating jobs by the year 2016. These jobs represent primary jobs which will have the expanded impact of potentially creating another 7,000 jobs in supporting industries. Primary jobs are expected to bring in over a billion dollars in new wealth, increased tax base and new investment to our area. These new dollars will benefit each and every sector of our economy as they circulate throughout the region.
As an EDC with a specific focus on the manufacturing and industrial job base, GAVEA does not pursue retail businesses but will assist those businesses with information and referral programs if requested.
The Economic Alliance was incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization in December 1998, after more than a year of planning and work by a broadly based and inclusive Guiding Coalition of community leaders.
The work of the Economic Alliance is planned and carried out by a professional staff headed by a full-time President , who reports to a board of directors. The Board meets monthly, and general membership meetings are held quarterly.
Through our marketing efforts we seek to increase the visibility and improve the awareness of the Greater Antelope Valley and all it has to offer business.
Our research and reporting services provide accurate and timely information to media, business, economic development organizations and governmental agencies to aid them in their work and to assist them in making the key decisions that affect our lives and livelihoods.
By tracking activities of existing businesses, GAVEA seeks to support the continued growth and prosperity of those that have already selected our communities for business.
Available sites and buildings are a key ingredient to encouraging development. GAVEA works to assure that an ample stock of both ready-to-develop land and spec buildings are available to meet these needs.
A strong workforce is critical to the economy. GAVEA plays an important role in coordinating and communicating the full range of job training and career preparation programs available here.
Acting as a clearinghouse for inquiries and opportunities, GAVEA provides participating entities with fair and equal access to all leads.
GAVEA is an investor membership organization which exists solely through the voluntary contributions of forward thinking businesses. Membership contributions begin at $2,500 per year with additional levels of participation available up to $50,000 annually or more.
Our investor business and executives realize that money spent for regional economic development is a wise investment for the future. Every wealth-producing job brought to the region strengthens future prosperity for all.
The GAVEA General Membership meets every quarter where members have the opportunity to discuss critical economic issues with the leadership of the Antelope Valley. In addition, Members elect a Board of Directors which meets every month to guide the operations of the organization. All members enjoy preferred access to all research and reports, weekly economic updates and VIP status at all GAVEA hosted special events.
Benefits of membership include:
- Participation in region-wide decisions impacting the future of the Antelope Valley.
- Priority access to a growing number of economic reports and publications made available through GAVEA
- Periodic economic updates on the Greater Antelope Valley region
- Provided with the most current and relevant data, as soon as it is released.
- Inclusion in publications and marketing materials provided by GAVEA, and representation at special events.
Most importantly, members realize they are investing in their own economic futures. Because every dollar spent today on promoting prosperity in the Antelope Valley will likely be returned many times over as their own firm benefits from the actions of the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance.
For more information on membership, please call the GAVEA office, at (661) 722-6566.
Benefits to Everyone
Economic development means much more than jobs, payroll and a strong economy. Economic development is also about:
- Clearing the air, saving resources and decongesting freeways by moving the workplace to the workforce.
- Saving children and families from stress imposed by long distance, long duration commutes.
- Strengthening institutions, including schools, churches and social services groups.
- Building more prosperous communities through increased taxable sales revenue.
- Sustaining the value of hard-won local investment through periods of economic downturn.
Through the support of our members, GAVEA is making the above a reality in the Southern California High Desert Region.
For Further Information on Membership or to schedule a visit by our staff, please call Kimberly Maevers, President at (661) 722-6566 or email: kmaevers[at]socalleadingedge.org