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Duarte Named Finalist for L.A. County’s 2018 Most Business-Friendly City Award

Finalists Picked for Commitment to Job Creation and Economic Development

DUARTE, CA, September 10, 2018 –The City of Duarte has been named one of five finalists for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Most Business-Friendly City Award in the category of cities with a population of 60,000 and under. Duarte was a previously finalist for Most Business Friendly City in 2010 and 2011 was was named Most Business Friendly City in 2012. This is the first year the City has been eligible again after a required five year waiting period.   

“It is an honor to be selected again as a finalist, “ says Mayor John Fasana. Adding, “It validates the excellent work that both the Duarte City Council and staff are doing to assist business and promote job creation.” 

Other finalists in the category are Azusa, San Gabriel, Santa Fe Spring, and Monrovia.  The winner will be announced at the LAEDC’s 23rd Annual Eddy Awards on Nov. 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles 

      LAEDC created the “business-friendly” award category in 2006 to recognize cities with the County that are proactively promoting business-friendly programs and services. Finalists were selected based on:

  • Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development and quality jobs
  • Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
  • Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
  • Availability of economic incentives
  • Effective communication with and about business clients

Duarte prides itself on maintaining its “small town” feel and business-friendly atmosphere. Duarte provides cutting edge business development strategies and professional assistance, including a one-stop permit center, an updated strategic plan, an Economic Development Element in its General Plan and a hands-on City Council regularly in touch with businesses.  Duarte’s incentives include not having a utility user tax, free business seminars, regular business visits by Chamber and City staff, residential and youth surveys, a low crime rate and distinguished schools including serving as the home to CS Arts, San Gabriel Valley. 

The LAEDC also announced finalists in the Business-Friendly City competition in the 60,000 population and over category. They are the cities of Inglewood, Rosemead, and Whittier.  

Each of the total eight cities named as finalists in the competition has created a business-friendly environment that encourages businesses to locate or expand in their respective communities, noted the LAEDC.

The Eddy Awards were introduced by LAEDC in 1996 to celebrate exceptional contributions to economic development in the L.A. region, consistent with LAEDC’s focus on advancing opportunity and prosperity for all. For sponsorship or tickets, contact Rick Moelis at 213-236-4812 rick.moelis@laedc.org