The city of Palmdale was recognized recently with an Eddy Award signifying it as one of the county’s “Most Business Friendly Cities.”

The award is given by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and cites Palmdale, along with El Segundo, which each has a population greater than 65,000 persons, as optimal places for starting a business, and having a reliable record of job creation.

“This year’s Most Business Friendly cities, Palmdale and El Segundo, understand that communities and families thrive when good jobs are created and because many businesses can choose to locate those jobs anywhere, job creation depends on businesses-friendly practices,” said Bill Allen, chief executive officer of LAEDC.

The winners were selected based on a demonstrated commitment to economic development; programs/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, and effective communication with and about business clients.

Palmdale has implemented a new ProjectDox Program where developers/contractors can electronically submit plans for review, comment and approval. Also, the city offers Crime Prevention Thru Environmental Design in the design stages of development. This program assists developers in utilizing the latest crime-prevention methods during the building process. Also, the entitlement approval process is said to be very fast in Palmdale, thereby cutting needless “red tape” in the building permit process.