Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica Vies Again for Title of County's Most Business-Friendly City
By Jason Islas
October 17, 2013 -- For the second year in a row, Santa Monica is in the running to earn the title of “Most Business-Friendly” city in Los Angeles County.
Santa Monica will compete against four other cities -- Paramount, Glendora, Lancaster and Pico Rivera -- with populations over 50,000 for the title, bestowed by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation at the 18th Annual Eddy Awards next month.
“We'll hear people sometimes say that it's hard to do business in Santa Monica, but this points out that it's not,” said Mayor Pam O'Connor. “Yes, we have standards, but businesses want to be here.”
She said that one thing that makes Santa Monica attractive to businesses is the “fair, comprehensible” process the City has for prospective business owners.
That, combined with state-of-the-art amenities like a dark fiber broadband network installed throughout the city, invite small and large businesses alike to set up shop here, she said.
“We have a global, mobile society,” she said. “Those kind of external changes have changed the world. It's important to be nimble and responsive to those changes.”
Carl Hansen, director of government affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, said, “"The Chamber is super excited about it."
He credited the close working relationship the Chamber has with City staff with contributing to Santa Monica's success.
Each year since 2006, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has honored one of the County's 88 cities for its work supporting the economic growth of the Los Angeles region.
Last year, Santa Monica made it to the finals for the first time, but eventually lost out to Whittier in East Los Angeles. That same year, the City of Duarte triumphed among those cities with less than 60,000 residents.
Other past winners in the population of 60,000 and up category include Long Beach in 2009, Alhambra in 2010 and West Covina in 2011.
The competition is just one way that the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation shores up the region's economic vitality, which officials estimate generated more than $500 billion in economic activity in 2008.
In 2009, the Corporation took the lead in drafting the Los Angeles County Strategic Plan for Economic Development.
Within the plan, now in its third year of implementation, County officials call for municipalities to include economic development in their general plans, adopt “clear, reasonable and predictable processes for the development of land” and educate stakeholders on the value of promoting business-friendly environments.
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