Antelope Valley Economic Development & Growth Enterprise
Known as Antelope Valley Economic Development & Growth Enterprise, this group of high desert communities has been famed for its aerospace prowess for nearly 70 years. Supersonic travel, the Space Shuttle, and advanced stealth technology were all born here. NASA astronauts train here and now commercial space flight is being pioneered here. But today, we’re also showing the world that we have the right stuff when it comes to developing advanced materials, building clean transport systems, crafting high-precision parts, generating fresh, green energy while adding value to innovative agricultural products.
With easy access to key transport corridors, good rail service, and three of America’s top seaports within a seventy-mile radius, it’s no surprise that we’ve found favor with many distribution and logistics firms. Global traders enjoy the tax and tariff advantages of our Foreign Trade Zone. We also think you’ll find our air quality district, separate and distinct from LA’s stringent South Coast AQMD, to be refreshing.
Yes, we are a world apart from LA, yet we’re close at hand. The Leading Edge puts 21 million Southern Californian’s at your doorstep, the Western U.S. within a day’s drive and new Pacific Rim opportunities ready to explore.
Our enterprising group of business-savvy cities also understands how to help companies succeed. They’ve cut red tape and work to fast-track projects so you can get going quicker, with less worry and lower cost. As a matter of fact, our business facilities cost about 65% less than those found in Los Angeles or San Francisco. Labor costs are also lower, yet our workforce is highly trained, very motivated and anxious to work for local firms.
The AVEDGE, is the public/private partnership that facilitates business growth and opportunity within our 3000 square-mile region. We serve as allies for enterprise, helping you chart the best course towards finding success and new prosperity here.
Take time to discover the amazing opportunities found along Southern California’s Leading Edge.
Why invest in AVEDGE?
Business leaders throughout our region have discovered the great competitive edge they can gain by becoming a part of the Alliance.
As a member of the Alliance, your organization will be part of the critical voice for the region while making key connections with like-minded business executives.
Our Investors also get priority access to our insightful research reports, deeper understanding of current issues at quarterly meetings and special events plus the expert assistance of AVEDGE staff when needed.
The first step in becoming an Ally is easy … simply provide your name and contact information. We’ll follow-up with details on the many ways you can contribute to making our region more competitive, more compelling place to conduct business.
We look forward to having you join us on the Leading Edge.
Invest to support our regional efforts
AVEDGE membership is open to all businesses, government agencies and community organizations interested in investing in our regions’ future. The tax-deductible investment for membership is as low as $208 / month. Investor companies receive four tickets to each of our quarterly meetings, periodic e-newsletters and special bulletins on topics of regional importance, private briefings and insightful counseling.
The AVEDGE offers additional opportunities for underwriters, sponsors and supporters of our events, publications and research.
The greater Antelope Valley is an area which includes North Los Angeles and East Kern Counties and contains more land than many states. The region contains the incorporated cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, California City, Ridgecrest and Tehachapi, and stretches from Acton in the south to Ridgecrest in the north, to Tehachapi and Gorman in the west and to the San Bernardino County line in the east. Nearly 600,000 people call the area home and a dynamic business base led by 21st century aerospace enterprises provide employment for most of the workforce, currently estimated at more than 200,000 people.
AVEDGE exists to ensure that the region maintains a well funded and sustained program to attract, retain and expand business opportunities to the greater Antelope Valley area.
AVEDGE serves as the economic development corporation, (EDC) promoting the region to prospective businesses as well as working with the existing business community on retention and expansion programs. Attraction, expansion and retention of good paying jobs remain the core of AVEDGE’s mission.
Through marketing initiatives, research and reporting services, site surveys and workforce programs, AVEDGE provides all those involved in economic development with a common set of tools with which they can promote the benefits of doing business in our area.
Our goal is to help attract 3,000 new wealth-creating jobs by the year 2016. These jobs represent primary jobs which will have the expanded impact of potentially creating another 7,000 jobs in supporting industries. Primary jobs are expected to bring in over a billion dollars in new wealth, increased tax base and new investment to our area. These new dollars will benefit each and every sector of our economy as they circulate throughout the region.
As an EDC with a specific focus on the manufacturing and industrial job base, AVEDGE does not pursue retail businesses but will assist those businesses with information and referral programs if requested.
The Economic Alliance was incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization in December 1998, after more than a year of planning and work by a broadly based and inclusive Guiding Coalition of community leaders.
The work of the Economic Alliance is planned and carried out by a professional staff headed by a full-time President , who reports to a board of directors. The Board meets monthly, and general membership meetings are held quarterly.
Through our marketing efforts we seek to increase the visibility and improve the awareness of the Greater Antelope Valley and all it has to offer business.
Our research and reporting services provide accurate and timely information to media, business, economic development organizations and governmental agencies to aid them in their work and to assist them in making the key decisions that affect our lives and livelihoods.
By tracking activities of existing businesses, AVEDGE seeks to support the continued growth and prosperity of those that have already selected our communities for business.
Available sites and buildings are a key ingredient to encouraging development. AVEDGE works to assure that an ample stock of both ready-to-develop land and spec buildings are available to meet these needs.
A strong workforce is critical to the economy. AVEDGE plays an important role in coordinating and communicating the full range of job training and career preparation programs available here.
Acting as a clearinghouse for inquiries and opportunities, AVEDGE provides participating entities with fair and equal access to all leads.
AVEDGE is an investor membership organization which exists solely through the voluntary contributions of forward thinking businesses. Membership contributions begin at $2,500 per year with additional levels of participation available up to $50,000 annually or more.
Our investor business and executives realize that money spent for regional economic development is a wise investment for the future. Every wealth-producing job brought to the region strengthens future prosperity for all.
The AVEDGE General Membership meets every quarter where members have the opportunity to discuss critical economic issues with the leadership of the Antelope Valley. In addition, Members elect a Board of Directors which meets every month to guide the operations of the organization. All members enjoy preferred access to all research and reports, weekly economic updates and VIP status at all AVEDGE hosted special events.
Benefits of membership include:
- Participation in region-wide decisions impacting the future of the Antelope Valley.
- Priority access to a growing number of economic reports and publications made available through AVEDGE
- Periodic economic updates on the Greater Antelope Valley region
- Provided with the most current and relevant data, as soon as it is released.
- Inclusion in publications and marketing materials provided by AVEDGE, and representation at special events.
Most importantly, members realize they are investing in their own economic futures. Because every dollar spent today on promoting prosperity in the Antelope Valley will likely be returned many times over as their own firm benefits from the actions of the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance.
For more information on membership, please call the AVEDGE office, at (661) 441-2957.
Benefits to Everyone
Economic development means much more than jobs, payroll and a strong economy. Economic development is also about:
- Clearing the air, saving resources and decongesting freeways by moving the workplace to the workforce.
- Saving children and families from stress imposed by long distance, long duration commutes.
- Strengthening institutions, including schools, churches and social services groups.
- Building more prosperous communities through increased taxable sales revenue.
- Sustaining the value of hard-won local investment through periods of economic downturn.
Through the support of our members, AVEDGE is making the above a reality in the Southern California High Desert Region.
Cities and Counties in the Antelope Valley Links
County of Kern
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Supervisor, 2nd District
Antelope Valley Board of Trade
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Kern County Economic Development Corporation
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Antelope Valley
Palmdale Chamber of Commerce
California City Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
Greater Tehachapi EDC
Rosamond Chamber of Commerce
Antelope Valley College
Antelope Valley Union High School District
California State University Bakersfield, AV Campus
Cerro Cosa College
Lancaster School District
Palmdale School District
Sierra Sands School District
South Kern Unified School District
Tehachapi School District
Westside School District
Acton / Agua Dulce News
Antelope Valley Press
Antelope Valley Times
High Desert Broadcasting
Kern Business Journal
Lake Los Angeles News
Mojave Desert News
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
Time Warner Cable
Local and County Information and Resources
- California Public Utilities Commission Update
- LAEDC Coronavirus Response Page
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Federal Government Suspends Student Loan Payments for 60 Days
Antelope Valley Transit Authority Updates:
- Free Fares and Boarding Through Rear Doors Only
- Reducing Maximum Occupancy
- Reduced Saturday Schedule
State of California Information:
- Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders re: Coronavirus & COVID-19
- CA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page
Public Health Information:
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website
- The latest Coronavirus information from the CA Department of Public Health
We continue to closely monitor this situation and will notify you of any other resources and important information to help you support your local economy.
Multiple local businesses and organizations are offering temporary* meals and special shopping hours for our seniors and general public. *Some of these services are ongoing. This page will be continually updated as more information is received. Check back often.
Costco Wholesale: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. (members over the age of 60 and those with physical disabilities)
Stater Brothers: Daily, 7:30-8 a.m. (seniors)
30th West & Avenue L, 20th East & Avenue J.
The Whole Wheatery: Daily, 8-9 a.m. (seniors and vulnerable parties, i.e. immunocompromised)
Vallarta Supermarkets: Daily, 7- 8 a.m. (65+ years old, pregnant women, and those with disabilities)
20th Street & Avenue I, 10th Street East & Avenue K
Albertson’s: Monday – Friday, 7-9 a.m. (seniors)
Avenue K & 20th Street West
Superior: Daily, 7-8 a.m. (seniors, disabled, and pregnant woman)
10th Street East & Avenue J
Vons: Monday – Friday, 7-9 a.m. (seniors)
40th Street & Avenue L
Food 4 Less “Knock to Shop” service where employees will shop goods for seniors
Antelope Valley Partners for Health will have boxed lunches available on the following dates: 4/20, 5/18 and 6/15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. First come, first served. They will also be hosting a food pantry on 4/10, also first come, first served.
The Lancaster Senior Center‘s meal service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday has been temporarily suspended but will have drive-thru options available for persons already registered. Please reach out to them with questions.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers meals regularly at the following locations:
The Salvation Army Antelope Valley Corps – Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for any age and on the first Monday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for seniors only
Grace Resources – Residents need to arrive to the Resource Center by 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Spanish speaking residents)
Staff & Board
AV EDGE 2020-2021 SLATE OF OFFICERS and DIRECTORS
2020-2021 Slate of Officers
|Rob Duchow||Southern California Gas Company||President|
|Diane Walker||Antelope Valley Union High School District||Secretary|
|Anthony Bruneau||Cobb, Doerfler & Associates||Treasurer|
|Bret Banks||Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District
|Veronica Knudson||Palmdale Regional Medical Center||Co-Past President|
Members at Large
|John Currado||LUTCF, Driscoll & Driscoll Insurance Agency||Member at Large|
|Henry Escalante||Kaiser Permanente||Member at Large|
|Harvey Holloway||Coldwell Banker Commercial Valley Realty||Member at Large|
|Laura Gallegos||Palmdale Water District||Member at Large|
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