Press Release: LAEDC Announces 28th Annual Eddy Awards® Finalists For Most Business-Friendly City Award

Winners to be Celebrated at SoFi Stadium on November 8th

LOS ANGELES – August 23, 2023 – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) has unveiled this year’s finalists for the prestigious Most Business-Friendly City Award, which will be presented at this year’s Eddy Awards® on November 8. The Eddy Awards is a distinguished gala event, encompassing a cocktail reception followed by a dinner, organized in support of LAEDC’s mission for reimagined Los Angeles regional economy – growing, equitable, sustainable, and resilient – that provides a healthy and high standard of living for all. This year’s Eddy Awards® will be emceed by Alex Cohen, host of Spectrum News’ “On the Issues” on November 8th on the field of Sofi Stadium.

“The Most Business-Friendly City awards were established to acknowledge and illuminate the tireless and often unsung endeavors of city economic development staff. Their commitment is fundamental to creating prosperous business environments. These awards highlight their crucial role in our collective growth,” said Stephen Cheung, President and CEO of LAEDC. “Their dedication helps position the Los Angeles region not only as a leader within California but also as a global economic trailblazer. Our region’s 88 cities are the cornerstone of our region’s future, emphasizing equity, sustainability, and resilience. We honor these innovative cities and their dedication to our communities, and we hope their hard work will inspire other cities throughout the nation to build stronger and more resilient economies.”

This year’s finalists for Most Business-Friendly City are (in alphabetical order):

  • Carson
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Norwalk
  • Torrance

Since its inception in 1996, the LAEDC Eddy Awards® has also honored remarkable individuals, entities, and institutions that have significantly contributed to the inclusive economic development within the region. The Eddy Awards and the Most Business-Friendly City Award are selected to acknowledge commendable efforts in establishing conducive environments for businesses, fostering job opportunities, and community wealth-building.

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About the LAEDC

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, champions equitable economic growth across the Los Angeles region. Through collaboration with community, government, business, and education partners to inform and advance our data-driven and evidence-based approach, we endeavor to achieve a reimagined regional economy – growing, equitable, sustainable, and resilient – that provides a healthy and high standard of living for all. LAEDC staff and our members represent the diversity of Los Angeles County and act as trusted conveners, thought partners, valued service providers, regional stewards, and catalysts for transformational change. Visit or call (213) 236-4847


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Alex Medina

Director of Marketing and Communications

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation


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