Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to The Valley

Here’s a Brief Snapshot of “The Valley”

You’ve heard it talked about—and sung about—in movies, TV series and pop-rock music videos. It’s the world-renowned San Fernando Valley, known popularly as “The Valley.” Located in the nation’s film and television mecca of Los Angeles County, The Valley is home to 2.1 million residents and over 70,000 businesses. It’s also where you’ll find the cities of Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas, San Fernando, and Los Angeles (northwestern portion). If it were a city, The Valley would be the 5th largest in the United States, outpacing Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The Valley serves as a home to many leading industries. The best known of these lead the way in aerospace, motion pictures, television production, and music recording.

1. A True Global Marketplace to Support Your Company

With the diversity of cultures, 107 spoken languages, limitless educational opportunities and innovative trend-setters you’ll find in The Valley, there is a stunning level of creativity, imagination and business know-how that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. That futuristic way of thinking is why a number of major car and motorcycle manufacturers have design studios in Southern California. The Valley’s most noteworthy industries include entertainment, domestic and foreign trade, business services, education, health services, travel/tourism/hospitality, information technology, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

There are 21 Chambers of Commerce in The Valley. Besides city Chambers, there are a mix of other Chambers which help give diversity a voice in local politics and events. Examples include the Filipino American Chamber, LA Jewish Chamber, Greater LA African American Chamber, LA Metro Hispanic Chambers, Chinese Chamber, Armenian American Chamber, and the LGBT Chamber.

2. Profit-Boosting Business Support Systems

The Valley gives new businesses like yours the advantage of strong strategic partners and support structures. These serve to connect your business to the resources it needs for growth. Our region is the proud home to robust organizations which include The Valley Economic Alliance, Valley International Trade Association, Valley Economic Development Center, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, United States Small Business Association, United Chambers of Commerce, and many others.

Whether you are interested in starting a new business, need help cutting costs, are looking to go international and more, The Valley has the resources you need! Aside from organizational help, The Valley gains regional support from its five pillar cities: Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando, Calabasas, and Los Angeles. Each of the cities work closely with one another to create a support system that benefits all businesses—including yours.

3. Network of Illustrious Corporate Headquarters

The Valley is home to many major corporate names, and has traditionally been known as the entertainment capital of the world. Not only does The Valley have a support structure from its governments and cities, but it also enjoys enormous strength from the great businesses that are already here. They include Fortune 500 Companies such as The Walt Disney Co., Amgen Inc., Health Net Inc., and Avery Dennison Corp., as well as Fortune 1,000 Companies Tutor Perini Corp., Teledyne Technologies Inc., The Ryland Group Inc., and Public Storage. Naturally, there are numerous other Fortune 500 and 1000 companies located in Los Angeles County adjacent to The Valley.

Other major companies headquartered in The Valley include Nestlé USA, Steven Spielberg and partners’ DreamWorks Animation SKG, Marvel Animation Studios, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, CBS and ABC western headquarters, Comcast NBC/Universal, Hilton Foundation, PS Business Parks Inc., On Assignment Inc., Yellow Pages, Farmers Insurance, Ixia, REC Solar Inc., Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems, Superior Industries International, DineEquity, Dole Food Company, and Cheesecake Factory.

4. Education and Intellectual Centers Offer Solid Employee Base

From private to public education, no other area comes close to the educational capacity of The Valley. The Greater San Fernando Valley is home to 121 accredited institutions that offer higher education degrees, and includes public and private universities, colleges, trade schools, and graduate institutions. Some of them include California State University Northridge, University of La Verne, Woodbury University, National University, Pierce College, Mission College, Los Angeles Valley College, Glendale Community College, Occidental College, DeVry University, West Valley Occupational, North Valley Occupational, Miller Career and Transition Center, Phillips Graduate Institute, California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University, University of Redlands, and University of West Los Angeles – School of Law.

Within or adjacent to the greater San Fernando Valley area you will also find UCLA, USC, California Institute of Technology (“Cal Tech”), Loyola Marymount University, RAND Graduate Institute, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, four other California State universities, as well as numerous other institutions. The amount of local new employee potential is unbeatable and perfect for companies wishing to hire from a well-educated and well-trained workforce.

For benefit of your family, there are multiple highly recognized public school districts. If you would like a list of them, please contact us and we’ll be glad to send it to you. As so many before you have discovered, The Valley is a great location to start or raise a family.

The Valley treasures the inherent value of education—approximately 506,000 individuals have higher education degrees, roughly 25% of The Valley’s entire population. This makes it easy for you to find future employees who are well-educated.

4. Education and Intellectual Centers Offer Solid Employee Base

From private to public education, no other area comes close to the educational capacity of The Valley. The Greater San Fernando Valley is home to 121 accredited institutions that offer higher education degrees, and includes public and private universities, colleges, trade schools, and graduate institutions. Some of them include California State University Northridge, University of La Verne, Woodbury University, National University, Pierce College, Mission College, Los Angeles Valley College, Glendale Community College, Occidental College, DeVry University, West Valley Occupational, North Valley Occupational, Miller Career and Transition Center, Phillips Graduate Institute, California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University, University of Redlands, and University of West Los Angeles – School of Law.

Within or adjacent to the greater San Fernando Valley area you will also find UCLA, USC, California Institute of Technology (“Cal Tech”), Loyola Marymount University, RAND Graduate Institute, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, four other California State universities, as well as numerous other institutions. The amount of local new employee potential is unbeatable and perfect for companies wishing to hire from a well-educated and well-trained workforce.

For benefit of your family, there are multiple highly recognized public school districts. If you would like a list of them, please contact us and we’ll be glad to send it to you. As so many before you have discovered, The Valley is a great location to start or raise a family.

The Valley treasures the inherent value of education—approximately 506,000 individuals have higher education degrees, roughly 25% of The Valley’s entire population. This makes it easy for you to find future employees who are well-educated.

5. Transportation Hub Includes Major Airports and Sea Ports

The Valley makes transportation easy and accessible for employees and their families. Anchored by two major airports in the region, the world’s largest general aviation airport in Van Nuys as well as Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, businesses have easy access to major airlines for business, trade, and private aircraft needs. Your new Valley business would also be close to Los Angeles International Airport (“LAX”).

On the ground, The Valley has commuter rail services, Surfliner trains, dedicated high-speed bus lanes, a subway, an elaborate freeway system, and will have a California High Speed Rail station, now in the planning stage. These methods of transportation help bring convenient access to the largest international sea ports in the U.S.—the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. If expanding your business internationally is your goal, or if you would just like to cut shipping costs, moving your company here will certainly benefit you.

6. Entertainment and Tourism Capital Bring Massive Flow of Dollars

The San Fernando Valley is not only home to the world’s major movie studios, but is also where most celebrities live, work and play. With an entertainment industry known around the world that is constantly bringing in new people and major new investors, there is no better market for getting creative talent for your business. Well-known entertainment companies in The Valley include Universal Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks SKG Animation, Warner Bros Studios, Marvel Studios, CBS Studios, NBC Studios in Burbank (remember Johnny Carson and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?), Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, and Disney Animation Studios. There is no other place with a stronger infrastructure of animation personnel or studio production capabilities.

Tourism is constantly growing here, with over 42 million overnight and day visitors to the region annually as well as over $18.4 billion spent by these visitors. Along with the above entertainment companies, there are also famous places such as Mulholland Drive, Ventura Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios and CityWalk, the Getty Villa, the Getty Museum, the Nethercutt Museum, and a multitude of shopping malls for both high-end shoppers and those who like to save. For those seeking quieter spots, there are hidden gems such as the Japanese Garden, Lake Balboa, Griffith Park Observatory, the Great Wall of LA, and Stoney Point park.

Do you enjoy the arts? There is a multitude of movie theaters, concert halls, performing arts theatres, art galleries, and museums to enjoy. Sports are a big deal within the greater San Fernando Valley area, as one can easily go see the Dodgers for baseball, Lakers, Clippers, or Sparks for basketball, Galaxy or Chivas USA for soccer, Kings for hockey, plus USC and UCLA for Division 1 college football and basketball.

7. Leader in Healthcare and Related Industries

As a global leader in healthcare, The Valley is home to a large number of hospitals and medical centers. More notable ones include Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, Providence Health Services, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Sylmar Medical Center, a network of Adventist Medical Centers, along with many urgent care, rehabilitation centers, and specialty medicine centers. Within the greater San Fernando Valley area you will also find the world-renowned UCLA and USC medical centers, specializing in advanced research and treatments. The Valley is also home to Veterans Affairs hospitals and centers, as well as multiple non-profit organizations which aim to help those in need.

The Valley is also known for many insurance and manufacturing facilities that deal with healthcare. Health Net is headquartered in The Valley, with other insurance corporate offices such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, and Cigna to name a few. Examples of major manufacturers of health equipment and pharmaceuticals are IPC The Hospitalist, Medical Illumination International, American Medical Manufacturing Inc., Essentially Pure Ingredients, and Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics Inc.

8. Innovators in Advanced Manufacturing

The US Chamber of Commerce has recently designated Southern California as a “Manufacturing Community” and the vitality of The Valley is a major reason why. The Greater San Fernando Valley has received preference in accessing the $1.3 billion in federal assistance funds set aside for local aerospace and advanced manufacturing. With this easy access to funding, creating and growing advanced manufacturing jobs in The Valley is more readily accomplished. Some of The Valley’s leaders in advanced manufacturing include Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Esterline Control & Communications Systems, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, JMR Electronics, Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., Hydraulics International, Quallion, Anthony International, Amgen, UltraGlas Inc., and Steel Tech Inc.

9. Business Incentives and Opportunities for You to Save

The Valley is sharply focused on providing businesses with the means to attract and retain a great workforce. There are assortments of federal, state, and local tax incentives/credits which are easy to attain. Examples include the Research and Development Tax Credit, Work Opportunity Tax Credit, Net Operating Loss Carryover, Film and TV Production Tax Credit, “Clean Technology Company” tax exceptions, and the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

On a local level, examples include the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) through the Ports of LA and Long Beach, the TAP through South Coast Air Quality Management District, Energy Assistance Programs from Southern California Edison Company and Southern California Gas Company, and LA County Workforce Investment Board’s Hiring Incentives. Also, every city within The Valley has its own set of business incentive programs. There are no city taxes on certain industries within each of the cities, as well as opportunities for fee waivers.

With a Mediterranean climate year-round, wintertime costs are minimal compared to most of the Midwest and the East Coast. Companies in The Valley have many opportunities to save on energy costs by using alternative energy, such as solar power. Countless numbers of alternative energy companies have started here, and these companies have made switching to alternative energy very easy and in some cases at no cost. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) recycled water program is a popular way to save on water costs. These factors along with federal, state, and local tax incentives help your company to prosper.

10. Our Weather, Geography, and Quality of Life is Unbeatable

This is an easy one. There are around 329 days of sunshine a year, with average high temperatures of 84° in the fall, 69° in the winter, 78° in the spring, and 93° in the summer (with very low humidity). What could be better! Aside from weather, the combination of beaches, deserts, valleys, and mountains is one you will not find anywhere else. The Valley has approximately 260 square miles surrounded by mountains on all sides, and is fairly close to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake as well.

The Valley is also near many popular beaches such as Venice Beach, Zuma, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Paradise Cove. Within an easy drive are well-known desert areas, such as Mojave Desert, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Monument, and Yucca Valley. Weekend getaways are easy to plan, because we are also close to major destination cities such as San Diego and Santa Barbara. And… what you may have heard is true—you can surf in the morning and snow ski in the afternoon, since The Valley is tucked right in between gorgeous beaches and snow-topped mountains for winter skiing.

The Valley is well-known for its high quality of life. One measure is in median household income in The Valley, which is $65,526, compared to the median household income of the U.S., which is $51,371. Even though the cost of living may be slightly higher than for the rest of the U.S., our median household income is 22% higher than the national average.

There are numerous fine hotels here with names you’ll know and trust. Why not visit soon and see for yourself why so many major companies have chosen The Valley as their home? It just might make the perfect home for you too. Please let us know if you’re planning a visit so we can make you feel right at home, and show you all the business resources we can plug your company into. We’re always glad to make new friends! Call us at 818-379-7000 and ask for Kenn or Erica.