Opinion: Bacolod’s Sister City is Also a Business - Friendly City
Like its Business-Friendly Sister City in this Country, Long Beach in California has also won the coveted award as "Most Business-Friendly City" inLos Angeles County in year 2009.
The big difference is that, Long Beach is much more prosperous, more orderly, definitely cleaner and teems with tourism attractions, well-maintained and a well-disciplined, law-abiding citizenry.
A Value-Added Business Environment
The environment for doing business in Downtown Long Beach comes replete with management and development tools and services designed to cultivate robust business growth. With administration provided by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the Downtown area benefits by having a community-led Business Improvement District that ensures Downtown streets are clean, safe, and vibrant. Through these and other value-added services and amenities, the DLBA shows that private interests and the public good can coincide.
Clean & Safe Programs
Nothing is more important than ensuring that Downtown’s streets and sidewalks are clean and safe. The Clean & Safe programs, two of the Downtown’s most beloved programs, facilitate cleanliness, maintenance, public safety, and concierge services to enhance the Downtown. Serving an area frequented daily by thousands of employees, residents, shoppers, and tourists, their mission is to provide services above and beyond those provided by the City.
Marketing and Special Events
The DLBA utilizes a multi-faceted approach to attracting consumers to Downtown Long Beach. From social media campaigns to traditional print advertising, the DLBA places considerable importance on communicating the assets and opportunities for enjoyment in Downtown. In addition to marketing in Downtown, the DLBA also produces more than a dozen annual events that attract tens of thousands of revelers and generate millions in consumer spending. From bicycle festivals to live music performances, the DLBA produces events that ring cash registers and provide something for everyone to enjoy.
Advocacy and Economic Development
In addition to attracting commerce and investment to Downtown, the DLBA also helps individual businesses establish themselves in Downtown and constantly seeks to improve the quality of political and regulatory climates for business.
The DLBA will work closely with you throughout the process of investing in Downtown, including providing:
* Insight into underrepresented / opportunity niches
* Property owner / brokerage contacts
* Ombudsman services for City of Long Beach staff and other Downtown stakeholder groups
* Site selection assistance
* Information about business development resources, financial incentives, and other programs.*