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City of Whittier Named "Most Business Friendly City"
Posted On: November 9, 2012
On November 8, 2012, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation named the City of Whittier as the "Most Business Friendly City" in Los Angeles County in the category of cities with a population of 60,000 and over.
The City of Whittier values its unique history and works with local merchants and entrepreneurs to provide new opportunities, preserve its historic commercial shopping district, and maintain a healthy balance of social, civic and business activity. Whittier’s significant investment in policies designed to support businesses have resulted in millions of dollars of private investment and business growth. Whittier’s business visitation program, quarterly economic development newsletter, “Buy Whittier” purchasing policy, and Guide to Doing Business in Whittier assist entrepreneurs start up and maintain successful businesses in the City. The City’s ombudsperson serves as a facilitator for businesses navigating the City licensing and permitting procedures. The City’s many business incentives and special zones are used to attract, retain, and expand businesses and jobs. To help Whittier businesses during the recession, the City developed the highly successful Local Economic Stimulus and Business Assistance Plan, which offers reduced fees and fee subsidies. Its business outreach and visitation plan with partners including the LAEDC, Whittier Chamber of Commerce, Whittier Uptown Association, SASSFA WorkSource Center and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting collaborate to assess business needs and provide assistance. The City’s film friendly ordinance makes filming easy, resulting in commercials, made-for-cable movies and major motion pictures, such as Disturburbia and the Back to the Future Trilogy filmed in the City. Whittier’s philosophy of “A safe business community leads to a prosperous business community” is realized through its highly successful Community Based Policing Program, a partnership between the Police Department, city residents and businesses. Home to California “Distinguished Schools”, a four-year libereal arts college and trade schools, more than 400 acres of playgrounds and recreation opportunities including the award-winning Greenway Trail, over 1,750 acres of open space preserved for hiking and biking, art galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues, Whittier has a rich tradition in the arts. Through the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Whittier has supported the LA County Strategic Plan for Economic Development, led by the LAEDC. Whittier was a “Most Business Friendly City” finalist in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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