Posted in General on 01. Apr, 2012
Submitted by Jackie Doornik
The 17th Annual Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey once again lists
Glendora as one of the least expensive cities in Los Angeles County to do business.
This is the third consecutive year the study has listed Glendora as one of the ten least
expensive cities to conduct business.
City officials indicated that the city has taken affirmative steps to keep costs down for
businesses and residents. “We do not have taxes like utility user or extra sales tax
levies” said Mayor Doug Tessitor. “Our policy has been to look for ways for businesses
to prosper and expand which means more jobs in the community.”
The success of the policy has been demonstrated in the last year when nationally
known Internet commercial real estate information giant Loopnet relocated to Glendora.
The firm leases nearly 39,000 square feet from America’s Christian Credit Union, and
created nearly 100 local well-paying jobs when it relocated.
According to Kosmont-Rose Institute survey, California has put cities in a difficult
position in attracting and retaining businesses through the State’s regulations, taxes and
raiding of municipal revenues. “We have made a very conscious effort to not look at
business as having unlimited money to offset whatever the State does to us” said
Planning & Redevelopment Director Jeff Kugel. “We try hard to get businesses through
the process, and more importantly make it as inexpensive to operate over the long run
which counts most when it comes to job creation.”
As part of the City’s Strategic Plan, one of the objectives is to see how to get local
business engaged to determine what they see as benefits to being in Glendora and
what enhancements might be offered to improve their situation. The City Council is to
consider the idea in the Spring of 2012.
To learn more about the City of Glendora, visit their website at www.ci.glendora.ca.us