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Power Broker Breakfast

Posted Mar. 15, 2017 by Alison Needham

Power Broker Breakfast

On March 10, commercial brokers and developers active in the Santa Clarita Valley community joined civic leaders and community representatives for a breakfast to celebrate the 24 Power Brokers for the year of 2016, as ranked by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). The award ceremony was held at the Dr. Dianne Van Hook University Center on the campus of the College of the Canyons, and was the fourth occurrence of the SCVEDC’s annual event.

Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of the SCVEDC, congratulated the brokers for their outstanding success, and reiterated the SCVEDC’s commitment to helping them close the deal by providing the critical business services needed. “The SCVEDC strives to be your one-stop resource, from dealing with administrative hurdles, to permitting and processing, from incentives to workforce training, our staff is here to assist you and your clients quickly and confidentially.”

The Power Brokers represent ten commercial real estate companies based both in and outside the Santa Clarita Valley. The 24 top brokers completed transactions with a total square footage of over 3M SF. Their impressive performance reflects the fact that the Santa Clarita Valley is a desired destination for a growing number of companies looking for space, modern facilities, and a business-friendly environment.

In addition to the Power Brokers, SCVEDC also named the “Transaction of the Year:” the new 100,000 SF, state-of-the art Scorpion Headquarters slated for occupancy in late 2017. Scorpion was represented by Allen Trowbridge of CRESA in the transaction. Matthew Shepherd, CFO of Scorpion, spoke at the breakfast, “Our rapid growth required space that was not usual, and staying in the Santa Clarita Valley was a priority for us because our employees enjoy the high quality of life here.” He went on to say, “Being able to design our building from scratch means that we can get everything we need, and much more economically than Silicon Beach. The Santa Clarita Valley is a great place to start a business, and grow a business.”

Jason Crawford of the City of Santa Clarita, and Rosalind Wayman, representing Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District of Los Angeles County, made presentations on in-progress and upcoming development projects. Craig Peters, of CBRE gave updates on Gateway V, Needham Ranch, Vista Canyon and the Southern California Innovation Park (formerly known as Mann Biomedical Park), and Michael Perlmutter shared details on IAC Commerce Center. After many months of little commercial inventory, brokers are looking forward to the projects that are coming online in the upcoming months.

SCVEDC’s Business Attraction team continued their work in supporting commercial brokers and site selectors with their assistance on the Scorpion deal and numerous other successful transactions by the 2016 Power Brokers. Their success is a testimony to the fact that Santa Clarita is a great place to do business.

To promote the Power Brokers who have contributed to business growth and job increase at SCV, SCVEDC is running full-page ads in both the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. A new brochure tailored for Business Assistance also made its debut at the annual Power Brokers Breakfast event.

The 2016 Power Brokers are listed here.

Come check out Santa Clarita, and see why both businesses and their teams love it here! If you have questions, contact the SCVEDC – their business services team provides information and research supporting businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, along with coordinating networking opportunities with your peers.

The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) is a unique private / public partnership representing the united effort of regional industry and government leaders. The SCVEDC utilizes an integrated approach to attracting, retaining and expanding a diversity of businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially those in key industry clusters, by offering competitive business services and other resources.

Tags: Business Services Santa Clarita Valley, Good location for business

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