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Business friendly cities

10/6/2010, 5 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Alhambra, Carson, Downey, Torrance, West Covina and Whittier were named finalists today for the honor of most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County.

The six finalists were chosen by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in the category for larger cities, with populations of more than 60,000 people. The cities of Azusa, Cerritos, Commerce, Duarte, La Mirada and Monrovia were named finalists among cities with populations under 60,000.

One winner from each category will be chosen during the 15th annual Eddy Awards ceremony Nov. 10 at the Beverly Hilton.

"All of this year's finalists have made economic development and job creation a top priority," said Bill Allen, president and CEO of the LAEDC.

"This year, we received more applications from cities throughout the county than in any other year in the award's history."

Finalists were selected based on criteria including commitment to economic development; programs and services designed to bolster business creation, expansion and retention; competitive business tax rates and fee structures; and availability of economic incentives.