Posted by: gmcquade | November 7, 2008

“Most Business-Friendly City” To Be Announced Out of Top 10 At LAEDC Eddy Awards®

The Walt Disney Company and famed real estate developer Rick Caruso, Americana at Brand and The Grove, honored for economic development leadership


What: The 2008 13th Annual Eddy Awards®

Who: Rick Caruso, famed developer of Americana at Brand & The Grove lifestyle centers. Anne Sweeney, Pres. ABC Network Television, The Disney Company.


Hosted by: Bill Allen, President & CEO, LAEDC

When: MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2008 (call for interviews)


*6:30 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction

*7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Program

Where: The Beverly Hilton – International Ballroom
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 274-7777
(self parking & Valet parking available)


Background: The Eddy Awards®
is a gala to support LAEDC’s mission to attract, retain, and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of LA County. The Awards were introduced by the LAEDC in 1996 to celebrate people, organizations, and now cities that demonstrate exceptional contributions to positive economic development in the region. On Nov. 17th, LAEDC will announce the winners of the most Business Friendly City competition out of the top 10. This year, the LAEDC created two categories for this award to recognize cities with populations of 50,000 and above and those with 50,000 and under. The cities of Cerritos, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Clarita are finalists for the population 50,000 and over category. Culver City, La Mirada, Monrovia, Santa Fe Springs and Vernon are finalists in the population 50,000 and under category.

The LAEDC’s 13th Annual Eddy Awards® will honor to outstanding SoCal Business Leaders:

Famed real estate developer Rick Caruso is known for creating lifestyle centers such as the Grove in Los Angeles and the newly-opened Americana at Brand in Glendale which attracts millions of visitors to L.A. County. Caruso has redefined the retail experience and his commitment to developing high-quality retail centers that push the bounds of the industry has earned him numerous awards and recognition including “Developer of the Year,” “Humanitarian of the Year,” and “Man of the Year” to name just a few.

Another economic force fueling the Los Angeles County region and beyond to be honored is The Walt Disney Company. It is the highest ranking Fortune 500 firm in the County and is a globally recognized and beloved brand. Since its founding in 1923, The Disney Company and its affiliated companies have remained faithful to their commitment to the SoCal Economy through its networks, motion picture studios, theatrical productions, and parks and resorts.

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