Bellflower Named Finalist for L.A. County’s Most Business-Friendly City Award
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) has recently recognized Bellflower’s economic development efforts by naming the City a finalist for the 2015 Most Business-Friendly Award. The City of Bellflower, along with Carson, Lakewood, Palmdale and Santa Clarita, has been nominated in the 67,000 and Over Population category. The winning city will be announced at the 20th Annual Eddy® Awards on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Under the leadership of a progressive City Council, Bellflower’s hard working staff dedicated countless hours toward marketing businesses in the Downtown district, created unique incentives to attract new businesses and committed to finding ways to say “yes” to help advance new and existing developments. Finalists were selected based on criteria such as: a commitment to economic development, availability of economic incentives, competitive tax rates and fee structures, effective communication with and about business clients, and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention.
The City of Bellflower exemplifies modern development trends by offering incentive-based zoning, Self-Certification Building Plan Check process, citizen oversight and input with regard to economic development priorities and programs, and satisfaction surveys which allow staff to identify and resolve business-related issues.
“We are honored to have been named a finalist for the second year in a row. This year’s nomination shows Bellflower is moving in the right direction and is committed to growing a sustainable business community. Our residents have shown overwhelming support for new development and reinvestment in the community by approving Measure P,” said Bellflower Mayor Scott A. Larsen.
The LAEDC provides collaborative and strategic economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job. This is achieved through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy. Their efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of our business, government and education members and partners. The LAEDC is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(c)(3).