LAEDC Honors Local Community Leaders at 26th Annual Eddy Awards

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Palmdale and West Hollywood Awarded Most Business Friendly Cities


LOS ANGELES – November 11, 2021 – Last night, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) hosted its annual Eddy Awards and Gala to recognize the work of local governments, schools, and business leaders during the past year. Since 1996, LAEDC has taken the night to celebrate the hard work being done to improve the regional economy.

“Last night, we honored extraordinary organizations and hard-working people who helped us navigate our way through this pandemic and who make this region stronger, healthier, and more sustainable. As the light of recovery burns brighter each day now it’s important we take time to celebrate and say thank you to those who brought us through the darkest moments,” said Bill Allen, President and CEO of LAEDC. “LAEDC staff worked tirelessly with last night’s honorees and award winners to support our region’s residents and employers during a year marked by the devastating impacts of the COVID pandemic. COVID-19 was not just a medical crisis, but an economic crisis as well, which devastated our small businesses and left more than 770,000 of our neighbors unemployed. ”

During the Eddy Awards, LAEDC awards local cities with the prestigious Most Business Friendly City based on the city’s population size. This year’s award recognized the cities that took proactive steps to mitigate some of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and helped small businesses keep doors open and people employed. 2021 saw a record number of cities submit applications to be recognized as Most Business Friendly City.

The 2021 Most Business Friendly City Awards recognized the City of West Hollywood(population less than 60,000) and City of Palmdale (population more than 60,000) for their work prioritizing creating the most supportive environment for business recovery, reinvention, growth and hiring during the pandemic.

Last night, LAEDC presented additional Eddy Awards to organizations that demonstrated 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. 

About the LAEDCLAEDC drives action in support of a reimagined Los Angeles regional economy that is growing, equitable, sustainable, and resilient, and provides a healthy and high standard of living for all. A public-benefit non-profit celebrating its 40th year of working collaboratively to improve the lives of people through economic inclusion, LAEDC is a trusted leader working on behalf of the Los Angeles County region. Visit or call (213) 622-4300.