Last night at its 21st annual Eddy Awards, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) recognized the City of Santa Clarita as the Most Business Friendly City with a population over 68,000 (median population for California’s 482 cities) and the City of Pico Rivera as the Most Business Friendly City with a population under 68,000. The winners were selected based on six 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, and regular communication with business clients. “This year’s Most Business Friendly City awardees understand that communities and families thrive when good jobs are created,” said Bill Allen, Chief Executive Officer of LAEDC. “And because business location is by choice in a globalized economy, these cities also appreciate that private sector job creation depends greatly on having business-friendly practices.” “Santa Clarita is consistently recognized as one of LA County’s most business friendly cities and we are proud that the City won the award again this year,” said Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. “The award is more evidence SCVEDC will share to let businesses across LA County know about the advantages of expanding in the SCV.” LAEDC’s award citation noted that “Santa Clarita is community minded and business driven, and businesses have a support team helping them navigate the challenges of sustaining growth. 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.” Award judges also lauded strong collaboration with College of the Canyons for workforce development, a film friendly ordinance, and an economic development element in the city’s general plan. Santa Clarita won the award in 2008, and was a finalist in 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2015.