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City nabs business-friendly award

Posted: November 18, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 4:59 a.m.

When it comes to doing business, Santa Clarita is apparently the place to be.

Limited business taxes and a highly qualified work force helped earn Santa Clarita the "Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County" award in its category at the 13th Annual Eddy Awards, said Jason Crawford, economic development and marketing manager for the city of Santa Clarita.

The awards presentation was hosted by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation on Monday.

Santa Clarita has no utility user tax or gross receipts tax, Crawford said.

The city is a California Enterprise Zone, which Crawford said can give businesses a state savings on their state taxes.

"Also, residents are very highly skilled so we have businesses that move here especially in the bio-medical and film industries because people who live here have skills needed for those jobs," he said.

The city partners with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and College of the Canyons to create workforce training seminars.

"Santa Clarita has a large group of organizations like these that work well together whereas other cities might not have organizations that work so well together," he said.

The recognition will help the city reach one of its top economic goals.

"One of our priorities is to bring in new business to Santa Clarita either to employ our residents or to be able to compliment the businesses that are here already," he said. "Through customers, suppliers and vendors, the key is to be able to create business synergy."

The Eddy Awards were started in 1996 and were created to recognize individuals and companies who made a positive contribution to economic development in Los Angeles County. In 2006, the corporation created the "Most Business-Friendly" award to recognize cities that exhibit commitment to economic development, excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business and expansion, and competitive business tax rates and fees.

"Santa Clarita was a finalist in 2006 and 2007 and they won this year because they are just really deserving of this award and I think the business climate, the mayor and the council create a real attraction especially from manufacturing, biotech, and the filming industries," said Nhien Barros, marketing director of the Development Corporation.


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