Santa Clarita Takes a Sustainable Approach to Economic Development


The City of Santa Clarita won the League Partners Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations in the 2018 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program. For more about the award program, visit

Located 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, the City of Santa Clarita (pop. 216,589) is the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. Consistently named one of the “Most Business-Friendly Cities in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Santa Clarita prides itself on its business-friendly reputation.

With an eye to the future and emerging economic development trends, the city recognized the need to contribute to the budding local startup ecosystem by creating an environment for entrepreneurs that will lead to a sustainable way to spur job creation.

Acknowledging that industries and jobs are changing, Santa Clarita identified the need to help develop and support local talent as part of building local economic prosperity in an increasingly technology-focused world. In response, the Santa Clarita Business Incubator program was created.