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The Future is Now - Technology at the Intersection of Media and Marketing

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The Future is Now – Technology at the Intersection of Media and Marketing

There’s no denying that our current society is dominated by technology. Go anywhere – the gym, the grocery store, even the park – and you’ll see countless people looking down at the screens in their hands. Even restaurants cater to the addiction, with many sporting free Wi-Fi and televisions in prominent places for their patrons to encourage them to stay longer and consume more.

The State of eSports in LA (and Why You Need to Pay Attention)

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The State of eSports in LA (and Why You Need to Pay Attention)

Each year, video game players across the globe compete in tournaments for prize money that tops the salaries of many professional football players.

Magic Kingdom - Filming "A Wrinkle in Time" in SCV

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Magic Kingdom – Filming "A Wrinkle in Time" in SCV

If you're one of the 10 million people who bought a ticket to see "A Wrinkle in Time" earlier this year, you probably gaped in awe at some of the fantastic and colorful settings.

Yes, some of them were computer generated – that's par for the course on a big-budget blockbuster these days – but some scenes were shot on location (courtesy of Santa Clarita Studios) right here in Santa Clarita Valley!

Live, Work, Play: The Ideal Lifestyle for Your Startup

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Live, Work, Play: The Ideal Lifestyle for Your Startup

Everyone wants a better work environment. We’ve told you before how millennials in particular are demanding it. And workers who are happy are certainly more productiveBut there comes a point where achieving a better work environment has to cross beyond the office threshold into the community at large. The lifestyle of the community your startup is in can have a big impact on what happens during work hours.

The 4 C's of a Strong Startup Community

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The 4 C's of a Strong Startup Community

No startup is an island.

A venture cannot succeed without support: from clients, from employees, and from the community at large. Any business that tries to operate in a vacuum will be a business that fails. Likewise, a startup that ignores an opportunity to advance the supporting community can count on dire days ahead.

New & Expanding Companies in SCV

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Businesses Expanding in SCV

We are pleased to announce that a local company is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate business growth and another is relocating a division of its company from Sylmar.

SCV Students Learn About Careers in Advanced Technology at MFG Day

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SCV Students Learn About Careers in Advanced Technology at MFG Day

The Advanced Technology Presentation about "Careers in the Making...Design, Engineering, Fabrication and More..." in celebration of National Manufacturing Day was a huge success.  The evening was both inspirational and informative. Panel speakers from local companies offered advice on how to pursue high wage, high demand careers across a wide variety of advanced technology industries. The panel also featured a student representative from the High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) who helped the audience realize the potential for hands-on, advanced learning opportunities right here in Santa Clarita at College of the Canyons. Our keynote speaker offered encouragement that even the toughest obstacles can be overcome with drive, passion and hard work.

Post Your Internship Opportunity on SCVInternships.com!

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Post Your Internship Opportunity on SCVInternships.com

Many companies are now planning for their summer internship programs and there is a convenient local resource available to help match companies with potential student interns.  Santa Clarita Valley Internships, powered by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), provides resources for both students and businesses.  If you’re looking for an internship or an intern in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), this is the place to be!

Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Dying - They're Evolving

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Manufacturing Jobs Aren’t Dying – They’re Evolving

You know the scene: A conveyer belt laced with bits of metal and plastic hums along, past a line of burly men in grease-stained white coats and yellow hats, each of them assembling a small bit of the whole. At the end of the line, off rolls a shiny new car, ready for a test drive.

Is SCV LA County's Best Bet for HQ2?

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Is SCV LA County’s Best Bet for HQ2?

According to a recent article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) could be Los Angeles County’s best hope for catching Amazon’s attention for its second headquarters, aka Amazon HQ2. With millions of square feet of developable land, a long list of money-saving business incentives, and a fast-growing economy, the SCV has already made its mark as a great location for business.

What Millennials Want at Work (and Why You Should Care)

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What Millennials Want at Work (and Why You Should Care)

Grab your AirPods and get #woke, it’s time to talk about millennials. Figuring out what this generation (born in the 80s and early 90s) wants out of life and work has become an industry in and of itself, and for good reason.

Suburbia will Drive the Future of Technology

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Suburbia will Drive the Future of Technology

Your house knows when it’s time to wake you up, and does so by streaming your favorite music. You shower. You shave. You ask your intelligent personal assistant app what the weather forecast is. You get dressed and toss and umbrella into your bag (she said it would rain).

Santa Clarita Valley – A Great Location for Business

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Santa Clarita Valley – A Great Location for Business

The Santa Clarita Valley is booming! The economic growth observed in recent years is expected to continue. Santa Clarita is a cost-effective and easier alternative to other business centers in Los Angeles County. There are many factors that make the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) a great place to do business.

5 Reasons to Set Up Your Startup in the Suburbs

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5 Reasons to Set Up Your Startup in the Suburbs

Choosing a site to set up your tech startup can be a challenging task for an entrepreneur. Once you’ve outgrown your garage and need a dedicated space, you’ll need to start considering not only rent, but other expenses like parking, taxes, travel time, and cost of living.

Google Startup Grind Launches Santa Clarita Chapter

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Startup Grind Launches Santa Clarita Chapter

On September 12, Startup Grind powered by Google for Entreprenuers, came to Santa Clarita with an exciting event for entrepreneurs featuring Loot Crate Co-Founder, Michael Arevalo. Loot Crate, a subscription service that launched five years ago delivering a monthly box full of geek-related merchandise to consumers, is now a $116 million business that won the No. 1 slot on the 2016 Inc. 500 list of America's fastest-growing private companies. 

10 Characteristics of a Successful Startup

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10 Characteristics of Successful Startups

There is no single path to startup success. If such a yellow brick road existed, laid bright and obvious to entrepreneurs of all stripes, thriving in this competitive market would become as simple as stepping into a pair of ruby slippers. The best that entrepreneurs can hope for in 2017 is to learn what they can from those who've come before in a community that supports, inspires and connects, like the Santa Clarita Startup Grind, which launched in September.

Where to Plant Your Tech Startup

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Where to plant your tech startup

Starting a new business can be overwhelming - there are so many decisions to make, and one of the most important is deciding where to plant your tech startup. A year ago, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal ran an article about the Santa Clarita Valley’s (SCV) burgeoning high-tech community, dubbing us the “Silicon Suburb." In the months since then, we’ve seen a rapid increase in both startup companies and the local resources available to support them on the road to success.

Five Growing Industry Clusters in the Santa Clarita Valley

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Five Growing Industry Clusters in the Santa Clarita Valley 

Geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers and associated institutions in a particular industry are often referred to as an industry cluster. According to a study by Harvard University, when companies from the same industry are clustered together within an environment, it results in higher employment growth as well as higher wage growth. Additionally, the presence of strong clusters creates growth in other, unrelated industries, as well as the emergence of new industries. Strong industry clusters are an engine of economic growth in the region.

50 acre business park to break ground in Santa Clarita

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50 acre business park to break ground in Santa Clarita

New Development in the Santa Clarita Valley makes the news again as Trammell Crow Company (TCC) and Clarion Partners announce the acquisition of 54 acres of land for the development of The Center at Needham Ranch, a state-of-the-art business park in the City of Santa Clarita, CA. This project is the first phase of a larger 132-acre, fully entitled site approved for up to 4.2 million square feet of Class A industrial space. Phase 1 is scheduled to break ground in August 2017 and expected to begin deliveries during the Q3 2018.

Santa Clarita Valley – closer than you think!

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Santa Clarita Valley - closer than you think!

Los Angeles is a huge metropolis that sprawls across Southern California, and it often seems that everything is so far away. When it comes to the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), the perception is that it takes longer to get here than other places in LA. It’s a myth we work hard to dispel—did you know that it takes SCV residents less time to get to the Hollywood Bowl than folks who live on the Westside?

Santa Clarita Valley delivers access to the top

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Santa Clarita Valley delivers access to the top

As kids head back to school, it’s important to keep in mind the graduates of more advanced schooling, whether it’s technical or vocational training, or a two or four-year college program. With today’s hottest industries requiring a trained and educated workforce, the Santa Clarita Valley delivers on so many fronts. There are over 50 two and four year schools, both private and public, located within 30 miles of Santa Clarita, and if you’re willing to expand your search to 50 miles, that number jumps to 97! And those schools include some of the nation’s top talent-building schools.

Summer’s last hurrah before it’s back to school in the Santa Clarita Valley

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Summer’s last hurrah before it’s back to school in the Santa Clarita Valley

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As August approaches, you can hear the sighs of relief from parents as summer vacation draws to a close and school gets back in session.  Here’s a summary of those all-important first day of school dates for Santa Clarita:

Five California Business Incentives You Need to Know Now!

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Five California Business Incentives You Need to Know Now!

California Business IncentivesCalifornia has so much to offer – from the beach to the mountains, deserts to farm fields, and a vast array of industries, there’s something for everyone to love. And in the area of business incentives, there are so many opportunities to take advantage of – here are just a few to explore!

J.E.M. F/X Commits to Santa Clarita with Expansion to New Facility

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J.E.M. F/X Commits to Santa Clarita with Expansion to New Facility

JEM F/X Commits to Santa ClaritaJ.E.M. F/X, a member of Santa Clarita’s strong and rapidly growing Digital Media and Entertainment Cluster, is expanding to a new 26K SF facility. This innovative technology firm creates highly sophisticated special effects and pyrotechnics, utilizing AutoCAD and 3D rendering software.

UK-Based Aerospace Group Announces Expansion to SCV

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UK-Based Aerospace Group Announces Expansion to SCV

Nasmyth locates in Santa Clarita ValleyNasmyth Group, a world leader and global supplier of precision engineering solutions in the aerospace industry based in the United Kingdom, announced the opening of a new facility in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV).  The SCV is home to the Aerospace and Defense Coalition, which is approximately 80 companies strong. This new facility will significantly expand their footprint and ability to deliver metal surface treatments to aerospace and defense clients in SCV and the United States.

SCV is a HOT location for business!

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SCV is a HOT location for business!

Santa Clarita is a good location for business

So far, 2017 has been a hot year for business in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV)! The construction and completion of new industrial and commercial spaces such as IAC Commerce Center and Gateway V have provided relief to a very tight industrial real estate market, and word is getting out about the SCV’s business-friendly climate.

Five Facility Facts that Impact Your Bottom Line

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Facility Facts that Impact Your Bottom Line

Modern Facilities Help Cut Costs

Everyone is focused on improving profitability, whether by increasing sales or decreasing costs (or both!) But when looking for opportunities to improve the bottom line, businesses often neglect to evaluate the impact of their facilities.  Here are five ways that your facilities can impact your bottom line:

Interest in SCV Climbs as New Development Projects Near Completion

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Interest in SCV Climbs as New Development Projects Near Completion

As the occupancy rate in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley reaches capacity, the search for industrial space can become a challenge.  Have you checked out the Santa Clarita Valley?  The Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) features nearly 30M SF of industrial and commercial facilities today, with approximately 8M SF of future land development already approved. The SCV is a terrific option for if you’re considering business relocation in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley. 

LA Metro Commuting Incentive -- Easing the commuter burden from Antelope Valley to SCV

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LA Metro Commuting Incentive -- Easing the commuter burden from Antelope Valley to SCV

Vanpool Santa Clarita ValleyConservative estimates suggest that upwards of 8,000 people commute from the Antelope Valley (AV) to the Santa Clarita Valley each day, whether for work or to attend College of the Canyons. However, there is no direct bus line that services these individuals to their workplace. In a recent survey conducted by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), 55% of these commuters are making the drive alone, which is both costly and adds to traffic congestion.

fDi Magazine named Santa Clarita a Small American City of the Future

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fDi Magazine named Santa Clarita a Small American City of the Future

fDi Magazine announced that Santa Clarita was named 4th in Foreign Direct Investment strategy among small cities in their American Cities of the Future Awards. Santa Clarita is well positioned for future growth and is attractive to foreign investors due to its economic stability and business-friendly community. Santa Clarita is a good place for foreign investors seeking long-term security and growth.

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