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Escape to Avalon

Monday, February 12, 2018

On the eastern end of Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, sits the picturesque Village of Avalon. One million people visit the tiny town each year. Its subtropical climate and laid-back lifestyle encourage relaxation and recreation. Eighty-five percent of Catalina Island is a preserve. The island features unique opportunities to view wildlife such as bison. It has an array of activities for intrepid travelers, such as bicycling, sailing, camping and fishing. Avalon features a scenic harbor and beaches, as well as a pedestrian walkway. The town also includes upscale hotels and amenities, such as boutiques, spas and fine...
Promoting parks and trails

Monday, February 05, 2018

Studies have shown people with access to green space and waterways are healthier and happier. Parks provide a space to relax and recreate, while trees and plants help filter air pollution and mediate temperature. The Gateway Cities Council of Governments sponsored legislation to create the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, which promotes open space for recreation as well as watershed health and habitat conservation in eastern Los Angeles County and western Orange County. The Conservancy is a positive force working to protect and enhance the region’s unique and diverse natural environment, for the enjoyment of residents for...
Celebrating business in Bellflower

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bellflower, California was founded around the turn of the century. Before it was urbanized, the area was a rich agricultural center, which brought Dutch, Hispanic, Japanese, Portuguese and other immigrant families to the region. Though the city has dramatically changed through its development, its vitality is still illustrated by the motto: “Growing Together.” New businesses and industries continue to emerge. The city’s Economic Development Department has decided to spotlight the thriving business community with a new section in the E-Citizen. Does your business have exciting news to share? Whether it’s a new product, an award, a special event or an expansion, we...
Ice skating in SoCal

Monday, January 22, 2018

Artesia is a small community located 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles that was originally built around artesian wells. The city is sometimes referred to as "Little India,” because it has the second largest population of ethnic Indians in the country, after New York City. It is home to the East West Ice Palace a full-sized ice rink owned by Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan. The Ice Palace facility also includes a fitness center, dance and exercise room as well as a snack bar and pro shop. This wonderful community asset features a skating school and hockey program. Public skating sessions...
GATEWAY CITIES COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments on December 6, 2017, voted to appoint Nancy Pfeffer as its Executive Director. Ms. Pfeffer has served for ten years as the COG’s Director of Regional Planning, a contract staff position. Ms. Pfeffer founded Network Public Affairs, LLC, a policy consulting practice focused on environmental and transportation issues, in 2006. Previously, she worked as a planner for the Southern California Association of Governments, as a policy analyst for ARCO, and as an environmental consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master’s in Public Policy from the...
Compare communities with online tools

Monday, January 15, 2018

When choosing where to locate a business, there’s much more to consider other than available real estate. The more an entrepreneur knows about the demographics and workforce in a potential community, the better. That’s why we’ve created an online, easy-to-use tool that potential businesses can use to compare community and business statistics for Gateway Cities COG with other cities across the country. This powerful online tool includes characteristics like age and income as well as consumer spending habits. Find out what area consumers are most likely to spend their money on and get important insight into the labor force.
Mapping area businesses

Monday, January 08, 2018

Savvy entrepreneurs know a great deal of research goes into choosing a business location. In recent years, the benefits of business clusters — concentrations of companies with similar and complementary interests — have become apparent. Companies in a cluster can all benefit from existing infrastructure, resources and a solid supply chain. With the tools on our website, it’s easy to learn where and how businesses are distributed across the Gateway Cities COG region. The Business Map is also handy for helping entrepreneurs ensure the right mix of professional services and amenities is available in the area, from accounting to banking and health...
Teaming up to tackle traffic woes

Monday, January 01, 2018

“In just a couple more days they’re going to close the freeway, and you won’t be able to go anywhere on the 405. As opposed to when it’s open and you can’t go anywhere on the 405.” ~Jay Leno Leno’s tongue in cheek quote is an unfortunate reality for residents in SR-91/I-605/I-405 corridor cities such as Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier and the County of Los Angeles. But a joint approach to transportation planning can help solve some the region’s traffic issues. “Hot spot” areas of heavy congestions have...
There’s strength in unity

Monday, December 25, 2017

“The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.” ~Jack Ma The Gateway Cities Council of Governments embodies this quote from Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Leaders in 27 cities in Southeast Los Angeles County are working collaboratively through the COG to achieve a unified and more powerful voice. The COG represents 2 million people. It serves as a forum to acquire input from each community and strives for consensus on important issues affecting the area. Because of its unified voice, it has successfully advocated for $1.2 billion in federal funding for projects aimed at improving the region’s transportation...
Good employees can make a business

Monday, December 18, 2017

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” ~Lawrence Bossidy This apt quote from Bossidy illustrates a key point: great employees can help make a business. Businesses in the Gateway Cities COG region are fortunate to have a diverse workforce of about 1 million people to draw from. The manufacturing sector is currently the largest employer, followed by retail and health care. In addition to statistics on existing employment sectors, our website has a great tool for learning researching the local labor...
Online tools to assist entrepreneurs

Monday, December 11, 2017

When deciding on the location of a business, demographics of the community can be as important as the physical address. Is there an adequate workforce to draw from? Do resident characteristics match that of your target market? The Gateway Cities COG region covers about 203 square miles and is made up of 27 cities and 9 unincorporated communities. It’s a diverse population of about 2 million residents. Our website is a useful tool for entrepreneurs trying to determine the right spot for their business. In addition to site selection tools, users can run reports with demographic data that can be sorted...
High speed rail plans moving along

Monday, December 04, 2017

It’s expected that 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. Cars are typically the most convenient option to get from one point to another in the U.S. But putting more cars on the road increases congestion. That’s why the state of California has invested in a massive, high speed rail project that will ultimately connect San Francisco to San Diego. Gateway Cities COG supports this project. Imagine commuting on one of the busiest routes in the country — from Los Angeles to San Diego — in less than 80 minutes. Phase 1 of construction on the section...
Improving transportation networks

Monday, November 27, 2017

Good access to transportation networks is critical for any business. A location where goods can be transported swiftly and economically is a big advantage. Quality transportation options can also help employers attract and retain great employees. The Gateway Cities COG region has a vibrant economy and an array of modes of transport to support freight and passengers. In addition to trucking and rail facilities, it has full-service seaports and two international airports within 35 miles. A pending high speed rail project will ultimately connect the region to other California markets and beyond. Improvements to these transportation networks are in the works, which...