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Palmdale Named Top Ten 2021 Finalist for ‘Most Business-Friendly City’ Award

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced the finalists for its Most Business-Friendly City Award. LAEDC recognizes local cities with the prestigious awards each year based on the city’s population size. The awards this year will stand out as they recognize the cities that prioritized creating the most supportive environment for business recovery, reinvention, growth and hiring during the pandemic that cost the jobs of more than 770,000 LA County residents in the Spring of 2020. This year’s list of finalists in alphabetical order:

  • Culver City

  • El Segundo

  • Gardena

  • Lancaster

  • Palmdale

  • Rosemead

  • Santa Clarita

  • Torrance

  • Vernon

  • West Hollywood

“This year, a record number of our county’s 88 cities submitted applications to be recognized as The Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County, to demonstrate their commitments to equitable economic recovery,” said Bill Allen, President and CEO of LAEDC. “We’ve asked very detailed questions about how these cities supported existing businesses in their communities as well as new entrants from local entrepreneurs or investors new to LA County” LAEDC will also present additional Eddy Awards that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the health and economic development in the region.

  • The Hospital Association of Southern California for its leadership on behalf of our hospital systems and their heroic employees who braved the pandemic to ensure care was provided to all those who contracted severe cases of COVID 19

  • The Employees of Los Angeles County who supported our small businesses, residents and communities in countless ways during the crisis, through their regular roles or the special emergency assignments given to nearly 50,000 county employees

  • The Community Colleges of Los Angeles County who continued to provide education, training and in many cases retraining for people displaced from their jobs by the pandemic

The Eddy Awards is a cocktail reception, dinner, and awards gala to support the fulfillment of the LAEDC’s mission of reinventing our economy to collaboratively advance growth and prosperity for all. The LAEDC introduced the Awards in 1996 to celebrate individuals, organizations, and educational institutions that demonstrate exceptional contributions to positive economic development in the region. The winning cities of the Most Business-Friendly City competition will be announced live at the Eddy Awards on November 10, 2021, at Sofi Stadium. The event is generously sponsored by Diamond Sponsors Chevron, LA Rams, and US Bank, and more than 40 other major supporters committed to the economic health and wellbeing of our region and its residents. About the LAEDC LAEDC drives action in support of a reimagined Los Angeles regional economy that is growing, equitable, sustainable, and resilient, and provides a healthy and high standard of living for all. A public-benefit nonprofit celebrating its 40th year of working collaboratively to improve the lives of people through economic inclusion, LAEDC is a trusted leader working on behalf of the Los Angeles County region. Visit or call (213) 622-4300.


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