The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced Thursday, September 12 the finalists for its 2019 Most Business-Friendly City in LA County Award. The cities of Bellflower, Gardena, Lancaster, Norwalk, Pasadena, and Rosemead are finalists for the population 50,000 and over category, and the cities of Duarte, La Mirada, Monrovia, San Gabriel, and Santa Fe Springs are finalists in the population under 50,000 category. A winner from each category will be announced live at the 24th Annual Eddy Awards®, Thursday, November 7th, at JW Marriot at LA Live.

Business-friendly programs and services are a critical factor in job-creation. The finalists were selected through independent review by a panel of blue ribbon judges, based on the following criteria:

-Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development and quality jobs

-Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention

– Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
Availability of economic incentives

– Effective communication with and about business clients

Twice before named LA County’s Most Business-Friendly City, Lancaster has long enjoyed a reputation of being supportive of smart commercial, industrial and residential development. While some municipalities see their role as a regulator, Lancaster views itself as a facilitator, always looking for ways to say yes to good ideas. The City Council and staff are committed to helping businesses become successful and stay viable. Whether businesses are looking to relocate in Lancaster, expand operations in the city, or simply keep the business healthy and vibrant, Lancaster stands ready to help businesses succeed.

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