Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday announced finalists for the “Most Business-Friendly City” award, which recognizes leadership in economic development in business, education, and government throughout Los Angeles County. The nominee list included three Valley cities.

This year’s list of finalists include: Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Lancaster, as well as West Hollywood, Culver City, El Segundo, Gardena, Rosemead, Torrance and Vernon. The winning cities of the Most Business-Friendly City competition will be announced at the Eddy Awards on Nov. 10 at SoFi Stadium.


“This is a testament of the continuous hard work from the city and our partners, including the SCVEDC (Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.), (Santa Clarita Valley) Chamber of Commerce and VIA (Valley Industry Association) in supporting the businesses that add to the quality of life in Santa Clarita,” Bill Miranda, mayor of Santa Clarita, said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LAEDC for recognizing the resilience of the businesses, employees and residents in our community with this selection.”


The awards this year, according to an LAEDC statement, will recognize the cities that prioritized creating the most supportive environment for business recovery, reinvention, growth and hiring during the pandemic that cost the jobs of more than 770,000 L.A. County residents in early 2020.