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Business and Industry

The economy in the Antelope Valley remains robust and stable, led by various industries that contribute greatly to its vitality. One of the oldest industries in the region is mining, dating back to the 1800s. Agriculture is another historically strong industry, with such products as alfalfa, carrots, onions, peaches, pears, apples and cherries grown here. Film and media production, manufacturing, aerospace and the service industry are also major players in the local economy.

The advantages to doing business in the Antelope Valley are immense. Employers from all kinds of industry sectors look to the region for its affordable land costs, expansive and highly skilled labor pool, clean air, an overall high quality of life and valuable tax savings afforded through the Enterprise Zone.

Current and prospective employers also relish in the region’s business-friendly environment, thanks to the strong collaboration between various business-oriented organizations, schools, elected officials and residents. Numerous chambers of commerce, including the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce, with offices in Lancaster and Rosamond, offer excellent programs and services designed to support businesses of all sizes and types. The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance is a fantastic resource for employers and employees, and colleges and universities provide unbeatable workforce development services. In addition, area municipalities present useful incentives for business relocation, expansion and retention.

The opportunities for business success are clear in the Antelope Valley. For further information on doing business in this beautiful Southern California area, contact the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce: Lancaster Office – 661-948-4518 Rosamond Office – 661-256-3248 www.avchambers.comTop 10 Employers in the

Greater Antelope Valley

Employers # of Employees

Edwards Air Force Base — 12,515

China Lake Naval Weapons — 6,080

County of Los Angeles — 3,757

Lockheed Martin — 3,320

Palmdale School District — 2,728

Antelope Valley Hospital — 2,561

Northrop Grumman — 2,300

Wal-Mart (5) — 2,150

AV Union High School District — 2,106

Bank of America — 1,846

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