By Holly Schroeder, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.
How well do you know the businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley? Most residents don’t realize that SCV is home to a broad range of companies across major industry sectors including Aerospace & Defense, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotech & Medical Devices, Digital Media & Entertainment, and Information Technology. The Santa Clarita Valley is also one of the few places in LA County that is seeing increasing population growth, with numerous ongoing residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
Over the past year, I have been interviewing many of the leaders of these innovative companies for our podcast series “SCV Means Business.” I am inspired by their commitment and dedication to not only their employees, but also the community.
It’s widely known that the Santa Clarita Valley is where many TV shows and movies are filmed. Additionally, there are about 40 soundstages such as recently expanded LA North Studios who joined us to discuss trends in production space and the impact of new streaming services on the film and television industry. This wealth of production space has, in turn, attracted several companies that support the film industry into the area. Listen in on Alliance Integrated Technology who provide high performance storage and computing for the media and entertainment space, and how Vision Media provides innovative digital and physical solutions to various businesses in both film and tv.
One of the big advantages to Santa Clarita is its abundance of open areas for development. Listen in as Jim Backer talks about the Vista Canyon residential project, that combines high value homes with creative office spaces, new park and metro access, and exciting retail opportunities. Commercial development has also been booming, as you’ll learn from our podcasts with the IAC Commerce Center and the Center at Needham Ranch. Each provided hundreds of thousands of square feet of highly desired real estate, making room for companies like LA North Studios to expand, and creating ideal operating centers for newcomers like DrinkPAK, Amazon and more.
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) is a unique private / public partnership representing the united effort of regional industry and government leaders. The SCVEDC utilizes an integrated approach to attracting, retaining and expanding a diversity of businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially those in key industry clusters, by offering competitive business services and other resources.