Cities of Lancaster, La Mirada receive Eddy Awards, alongside honorees Citi, CSUDH, Phil Washington

LOS ANGELES, CA – (November 7, 2019)  Tonight at the 24th annual Eddy Awards®, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) recognized the City of Lancaster as the Most Business Friendly City with a population greater than 50,000 and the City of La Mirada as the Most Business Friendly City with a population under 50,000.  The Eddy Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to economic development, and 600 people were present at the JW Marriot at LA Live to honor recipients and support LAEDC’s public-benefit mission to collectively advance opportunity and prosperity for all.

“This year’s Most Business Friendly City awardees set a high bar for government leaders committed to helping employers create good jobs that help raise standards of living in their communities and across our region,” said Bill Allen, Chief Executive Officer of LAEDC.

The winners were selected by a panel of blue ribbon judges based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic development as a priority
  • Programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
  • Economic development activity over the past three years
  • Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
  • Availability of economic incentives
  • Regular and effective communication with businesses

Photos of the event are available below and at:

City of Lancaster celebrates an unprecedented third Eddy Award for Most Business Friendly City, accepted by City Council member Raj Malhi and other City staff and electeds

City of Lancaster  – 2019 Eddy Award Winner in the category of Population over 50,000

Twice before named LA County’s Most Business-Friendly City (2007, 2013), Lancaster has now won the award for an unprecedented third time.  The city has long enjoyed a reputation of being supportive of smart commercial, industrial and residential development. While some municipalities see their role as a regulator, Lancaster views itself as a facilitator, always looking for ways to say yes to good ideas. The City Council and staff are committed to helping businesses become successful and stay viable. Whether businesses are looking to relocate in Lancaster, expand operations in the city, or simply keep the business healthy and vibrant, Lancaster stands ready to help businesses succeed.

City of La Mirada won the Most Business Friendly City Award at the 2019 LAEDC Eddy Awards. Mayor Steve De Ruse pictured, accepting the honor

City of La Mirada – 2019 Eddy Award Winner in the category of Population under 50,000

This is La Mirada’s second award as Most Business Friendly City, having previously won in 2013.  The business community has served an important role in establishing the City of La Mirada’s quality environment. Industrial and commercial centers provide the city with a diversified economic base that has remained resilient over the city’s 60 years. This strong economic base has provided important jobs, enhanced commerce, and allowed the city to provide quality programs and services necessary for creating a desirable community in which to work and reside.


At last year’s 2018 Eddy Awards, the City of Azusa and the City of Whittier were recognized as the Most Business Friendly Cities.


In addition to the live announcement of the Most Business-Friendly Cities in L.A. County, the 2019 Eddy Awards gala celebrated individual, corporate and education honorees.

Phil Washington, CEO of LA Metro accepts the 2019 Eddy Award for individual contributions to economic development

Phillip A. Washington
is the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro), where he manages a $6.6 billion budget and $15+ billion in capital projects, while overseeing 11,000 employees and 1.2 million passengers daily.  Washington’s integrity, leadership skills and advocacy continue to be crucial to Los Angeles at a time when voters have placed so much faith – and investment — in a better transportation network, an increasing area of importance to all Angelenos. Washington was a key voice of support for Measure M, which will further improve transit while creating large numbers of well-paying jobs.

Washington’s values are informed by his experiences growing up on the far south side of Chicago, in a transit-deprived community known for its pollution, and raised by a single mother along with his five sisters.  He believes in the importance of transportation to support and build communities and families, equitable access to well-paying jobs and workforce development, the importance of reducing pollution, the importance of creating opportunity for women and listening to their voices as policy and transit are developed.  In fact, it’s clear that he approaches almost all decisions through the lens of equity and family. Washington’s work with at-risk youth such as foster kids and the career pathways he helps create for them is inspiring.  Perhaps to a person whose most treasured recognition came when his mom told him he was a good man, he might prefer the 2019 Eddy Award go to his employees, but at LAEDC we can’t think of a more deserving individual honoree.

Citi was recognized by LAEDC as the corporate honoree at the 2019 Eddy Awards for exceptional contributions to economic development. The Citi team shown here

Citi sets itself apart through its sense of purpose, commitment and responsive engagement with the Los Angeles community, which earns the company recognition as the 2019 Eddy Award Corporate Honoree. As the leading global bank, Citi invests in an enduring and impressive set of scalable public-private partnerships that continue to strengthen businesses, individuals and the regional economy. Without capital, small business struggles and job creation lags, but through initiatives like One LA’s Regional Procurement Program and the City Accelerator Program, Citi and the Citi Foundation are supporting strategies to increase the diversity of municipal vendors and contracts and direct more spend to local minority-owned businesses. As the nation’s number one affordable housing lender, Citi has played a critical role in expanding access to housing across Southern California.

Citi financed the creation of nearly 500 affordable housing units in Los Angeles County in 2018, and continues to invest in multisector efforts to expand and accelerate the production of inclusive housing for diverse populations, such as seniors and military veterans. Citi is also working collaboratively with municipal partners to boost financial resilience for Los Angeles residents through its catalytic support for the Center for Financial Empowerment, Free Tax Prep Los Angeles, and financial empowerment programs that serve the elderly, immigrants and survivors of domestic violence.


CSU Dominguez Hills was recognized with the Eddy Award for educational institution making exceptional contributions to economic development, accepted by CSUDH President Thomas Parham at the 2019 LAEDC Eddy Awards.

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has empowered more than 100,000 alumni to pursue rewarding careers as doctors, scientists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs with over 65 percent living and working within 25 miles of the campus.

A national model of excellence as an urban university and laboratory for student success, CSUDH has a culturally and economically diverse student body that serves residents of the South Bay and the greater Los Angeles region.  With a history of developing economic and academic equality for disadvantaged students, CSUDH has emerged as a national leader in matriculating minority science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators. CSUDH was ranked 4th in California, and 18th nationally in the Overall Mobility Index of 2017, and was ranked 8th in the online college category for student economic mobility in 2018. The university is widely recognized for its programs in orthotics/prosthetics, nursing, STEM degrees, and education.

With five mobile fabrication laboratories that CSUDH rolls into the neighborhoods to serve K-12 students, the university cultivates a love of learning by providing the tools and technology to build STEM skills for young students, while enabling them to experience cutting-edge science and gain the confidence to pursue a higher degree. CSUDH’s innovative teaching methods and technologies captured the attention of President Barak Obama, who honored the university with the Service Learning Award in 2016 in recognition of its volunteer work with nonprofits, schools, and community service programs.

In 2018 Money Magazine named CSUDH the 28th “Best Public College” and the 45th “Best College for Your Money” in the nation. With construction underway on a new Science and Innovation Building, Innovation and Instruction Building, and student housing, CSUDH continues and builds on its legacy.

President Thomas Parham of CSUDH, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LAEDC’s Bill Allen, Eddy Award individual honoree and LA Metro CEO Phil Washington, attend the 24th annual Eddy Awards on Nov 7th, 2019

City of Lancaster team, Left to right: Assistant to the City Manager/Economic Development Manager Chenin Dow; City Manager Jason Caudle; Council Member Raj Malhi; Assistant City Manager Ronda Perez; Economic Development Coordinators Sydney Yeseta and Ben Rejniak

About the Eddy Awards®

The Eddy Awards were introduced by LAEDC in 1996 to celebrate exceptional contributions to economic development in the L.A. region, consistent with LAEDC’s focus on advancing opportunity and prosperity for all. The Eddy Awards gala dinner, where our region’s leaders come together, includes California’s only “business-friendly city” award, highlighting programs and services that foster job-creation. This is LAEDC’s only fundraiser, and an opportunity for civic-minded organizations to support our public-benefit mission.  For sponsorship or tickets, contact Rick Moelis at 213-236-4812 [email protected]


Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) is collectively advancing opportunity and prosperity for all. This is achieved via collaborative economic development leadership, objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to business, education and government partners, and targeted public policy. LAEDC was established in 1981 as a private, non-profit, public benefit corporation.


Media contact: Lawren Markle, Director of Public Relations, [email protected], 213-236-4847

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