Economic Gateway http://gatewaycog.org Gateway Cities Council of Governments News RSS Feed Thu, 24 May 2018 04:53:54 -0500 en-US Image 2018 Regional Conference & Retreat http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/189/image-2018-regional-conference-&-retreat http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Sun, 29 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 We are pleased to invite you to attend the Gateway Cities COG Regional Conference and Retreat on Catalina Island at the Holiday Inn Resort on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2018. The Conference/Retreat will provide board members with an excellent opportunity to interact on a more personal level, allow Mayors,... The Model City of Commerce http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/143/the-model-city-of-commerce http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 26 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 Residents incorporated the City of Commerce, California half a century ago to avoid tax annexation form neighboring cities. They created their own “Model City” with great amenities for residents and a business-friendly environment. Commerce has a great, small city feel, but is conveniently located just six miles from downtown Los Angeles.... Bell Gardens recognized by GFOA http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/142/bell-gardens-recognized-by-gfoa http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 Bell Gardens, California is located 11 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city’s beautiful parks and lake offer wonderful opportunities for recreation, such as soccer, fishing and golfing. Bell Gardens is home to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, one of the largest poker casinos in the world. The Bicycle is an... Escape to Avalon http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/141/escape-to-avalon http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Promoting parks and trails http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/140/promoting-parks-and-trails http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 05 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Celebrating business in Bellflower http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/138/celebrating-business-in-bellflower http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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:... Ice skating in SoCal http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/137/ice-skating-in-socal http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... GATEWAY CITIES COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/139/gateway-cities-council-of-governments-appoints-new-executive-director http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Compare communities with online tools http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/136/compare-communities-with-online-tools http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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... Mapping area businesses http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/135/mapping-area-businesses http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 08 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 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.... Teaming up to tackle traffic woes http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/134/teaming-up-to-tackle-traffic-woes http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 “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... There‚Äôs strength in unity http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/133/theres-strength-in-unity http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 25 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0600 “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... Good employees can make a business http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/132/good-employees-can-make-a-business http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0600 “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... Online tools to assist entrepreneurs http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/131/online-tools-to-assist-entrepreneurs http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0600 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... High speed rail plans moving along http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/130/high-speed-rail-plans-moving-along http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:00:00 -0600 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... Improving transportation networks http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news/p/item/129/improving-transportation-networks http://gatewaycog.org/gateway/news Mon, 27 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0600 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...