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Duarte Named Finalist for L.A. County’s 2019 Most Business-Friendly City Award

The City of Duarte has been named one of five finalists for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Most Business-Friendly City award in the population under 50,000 category, along with La Mirada, Monrovia, San Gabriel, and Santa Fe Springs. Duarte was a previous finalist for Most Business-Friendly City in 2010, 2011 and 2018; and won the prestigious title in 2012. Duarte has once again been recognized for its business-friendly approach.

 “It is an honor to be selected again as a finalist,” says Community Development Director Craig Hensley. “The city continues to thrive because of its overarching commitment to providing effective and affordable business services through an efficient permitting and licensing system with a friendly and attentive staff at the helm. We also receive a great deal of support from City Council, who is dedicated to facilitating sustainable economic development.”

In the past year, Duarte has seen 55 new businesses open from September 2018 to present, with industries ranging from food services, health and wellness, technology firms and several home-based enterprises.

 According to the LAEDC press release, “Business-friendly programs and services are a critical factor in job creation.” Finalists were selected based on:

·      Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development and quality jobs

·      Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion,

       and retention

·      Competitive business tax rates and fee structures

·      Availability of economic incentives

·      Effective communication with and about business clients

At the Duarte City Council meeting on Oct. 22, Bob Machuca with the Los Angeles economic Development Corporation, presented the City with a plaque to recognize the esteemed nomination as a finalist.

The winner of the Most Business-Friendly City award will be announced at 24th Annual Eddy Awards, Thurs., Nov. 7 at the JW Marriot at LA Live. 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.

Duarte’s nickname is the “City of Health” as a nod to being home to world-class cancer care and research center City of Hope but extends beyond to define a community focused on offering high-quality programs and services, making it an exceptional place to do business. In Duarte, every business is a valued partner in serving the residents and an integral piece of fabric in a tight-knit community. The City prides itself on being accessible to businesses from the start of a fledging idea to lasting support once an establishment has opened its doors – we will work hard to connect you to the right staff, the Chamber of Commerce and other community partners to ensure business success in a thriving community. For more information on doing business in Duarte, visit

Updated on Oct. 23, 2019