The Eddy Awards® is one of the most prestigious awards programs to recognize leadership in economic development in business and government throughout Los Angeles County. The Eddy Awards®, a cocktail, dinner, and awards gala, also supports fulfillment of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s mission to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County.
The 2016 Eddy Awards gala took place November 10, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton.
About the 2016 Eddy Award Honorees:
The 2016 Individual Honoree – Brian Lee
Brian Lee is CEO and Co-Founder of The Honest Company, which he launched alongside Jessica Alba in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a healthy, happy life. He exemplifies the best of the L.A. entrepreneurial spirit. Through his vision and hard work he has created many jobs and fostered the growth of an impactful and thriving employer here in L.A. County. Mr. Lee and The Honest Company play a strong philanthropic role in the L.A. community, donating over 900,000 products and over 9,000 employee volunteer hours to help more than 150,000 children and over 95,000 families. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Lee also co-founded LegalZoom, and launched ShoeDazzle.
The 2016 Corporate Honoree – AECOM
AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets in over 150 countries. With more than 90,000 employees worldwide, and over 2,400 employees in L.A. County, this Fortune 500 organization is the largest publicly traded company headquartered in the City of Los Angeles and one of the largest in L.A. County. By levering a strong relationship between infrastructure and economic development, AECOM manages large regional projects throughout the county such as the L.A. Community College District’s $6 billion construction program, Metro rail line extensions and improvements, and the new Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX, among others that create vital jobs and economic impact.
2016 Education Honoree – California State University, Long Beach
CSULB is nationally recognized for its partnering role in pioneering a seamless educational pathway model with The Long Beach College Promise, which is increasing graduation rates and helping thousands of economically disadvantaged students realize their dreams, and which served as the inspiration for President Obama’s America’s College Promise. The Promise is transforming economic opportunity by placing higher education within reach for all, and aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life. The Promise creates a culture of college expectation, increases college readiness, improves graduation rates among Long Beach students and raises the education attainment rates of the entire Southern California region.
The 2016 Winners of the Most Business-Friendly City in L.A. County can be found here.
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