“@WeHo City just won the 2020 @laedc Award for Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County,” reads a post by council member John Erickson. “Thank you to our incredible staff and amazing business, for all that you do to keep West Hollywood great!”
Council member Erickson posted a video of showing Mayor of West Hollywood, Lauren Meister, Mayor Pro Tempore, Sepi Shyne, and council members Lindsey Horvanth and himself at the awards ceremony walking up to a stage to accept the award. The city council was joined by several members of West Hollywood staff the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The City of West Hollywood was named a finalist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Most Business-Friendly City Award in late September. LAEDC recognizes local cities with prestigious awards each year based on the city’s population size. The awards 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 LA County residents in the Spring of 2020
This year’s list of finalists in alphabetical order include:
- Culver City
- El Segundo
- Santa Clarita
- West Hollywood
“This year, a record number of our county’s 88 cities submitted applications to be recognized as The Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County, to demonstrate their commitments to equitable economic recovery,” said Bill Allen, President and CEO of LAEDC. “We’ve asked very detailed questions about how these cities supported existing businesses in their communities as well as new entrants from local entrepreneurs or investors new to LA County”
LAEDC also presented additional Eddy Awards that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the health and economic development in the region.
- The Hospital Association of Southern California for its leadership on behalf of our hospital systems and their heroic employees who braved the pandemic to ensure care was provided to all those who contracted severe cases of COVID 19.
- The Employees of Los Angeles County who supported our small businesses, residents and communities in countless ways during the crisis, through their regular roles or the special emergency assignments given to nearly 50,000 county employees.
- The Community Colleges of Los Angeles County who continued to provide education, training and in many cases retraining for people displaced from their jobs by the pandemic.
The winning cities of the Most Business-Friendly City competition was announced live at the Eddy Awards on November 10, 2021, at Sofi Stadium.
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, public-benefit organization to harness the power of private sector in collaboration with L.A. County, to guide economic development and create more widely shared prosperity. LAEDC collaborates with all stakeholders in the region including education, business, and government.