No. 26: Jason Crawford

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“While the Santa Clarita Valley has a host of people and interests who are looking out for businesses, it’s the job of Jason Crawford to make sure Santa Clarita is a place where people want to live and work. Crawford does an excellent job on behalf of the city.”

— Richard Budman, Signal Publisher/Owner

Jason Crawford, economic development director for the city of Santa Clarita, may have taken a nontraditional path to the top of the SCV’s business community, starting with the degree at CalArts, but he’s there, nonetheless. Overseeing everything from the city’s Film Office, which brings in millions of dollars in revenue each year, to the city’s efforts to attract more industry, Crawford has a myriad of responsibilities.

Crawford is an important part of the city’s effort to execute the Santa Clarita 2020 plan, which is bringing a number of state-of-the-art facilities to the city.  

A member of the city’s staff since 2001, Crawford has grown into a number of roles. Crawford also now serves as chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development, ensuring Santa Clarita keeps perspective and representation for regional and statewide issues. 

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