A Los Angeles County business group named Santa Clarita a finalist for its 2014 Most Business-Friendly City Award.
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“Santa Clarita has always prided itself on trying to make our city a great place to do business,” said Santa Clarita City Councilman TimBen Boydston. “We are honored by this recognition, and congratulate all of the businesses, residents and city staff that work together to make this possible.”
The organization also mentions how Santa Clarita worked proactively to address concerns during the recession.
“Santa Clarita has no business licenses, no gross receipt or payroll tax and no utility user fee,” according to a Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. news release announcing the nomination. “The city has an expedited development process, ‘purchase’ incentive, permit subsidization, Recycling Market Development Zone and was an early adopter of film production incentives.”
“During the recession, the city approved the 21-Point Plan to spur the local economy and improve infrastructure. Santa Clarita recognizes the importance of addressing employee workforce skills gaps through a partnership with College of the Canyons. Santa Clarita was ‘Most Business Friendly City in L.A. County’ Award winner in 2008 and Finalist in 2006 and 2007,” according to the statement.
One winner from each category will be announced Nov. 13 at the 19th annual Eddy Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
Inaugurated in 1996, the Eddy Awards gala presents the state’s only “business-friendly city” award, recognizing cities within L.A. County that are proactively promoting business-friendly programs and services, a key factor in job creation.
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The finalists were selected based on the following criteria: 1)Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development. 2) Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention. 3) Competitive business tax rates and fee structures. 4) Availability of economic incentives. 5) Effective communication with and about business clients, according to a news release.
Source: Santa Clarita News