Life in the San Fernando Valley is an exquisite adventure. Perhaps this is because our "Valley of the Stars" has so much to offer. We can revel in safe neighborhoods that favor the traditional values the early ranchers and farmers brought with them. Nights are always exciting, too, with world-class clubs, concerts, movie theatres and playhouses to choose from. Well-kept and regulated parks and recreation areas abound, and a remarkable freeway system makes it simple to take quick jaunts to cool beaches, majestic mountains and sun-baked deserts. And, yes, there's also our enviable climate that residents of New York, Chicago and just about every other metropolis can only dream of.
Above: The Tower at Van Nuys Airport. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Airport (VNY) ranks as the world's busiest general aviation airport.
The San Fernando Valley has come a long way since the beginning of the 20th century when its fertile ground not only nourished the development of California's citrus industry, but also the state's fledgling movie and aviation industries. Today, the San Fernando Valley has grown into the world's center for entertainment and major supplier for aerospace and defense-related technologies, financial services, health care and high-tech manufacturing.
The Valley's business environment is served by many world-class facilities including:
The Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles World Airports
Bob Hope Airport
Van Nuys Airport
Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley
The Alliance is a private, non-profit economic development and marketing collaborative made up of private and public investors organized for the purpose of growing and sustaining the economic base of the San Fernando Valley, and improving the quality of life in our five-city region.
Business Permits Made Simple
The State of California has created an excellent one-stop business permit center online that serves the San Fernando Valley.
California State University, Northridge
Hundreds of thousands of San Fernando Valley students attend a wide variety of area schools each day, taking advantage of the broad range of educational opportunities offered in this area.
Educational experiences to be had in and around the Valley run the gamut from world-renowned public and private universities, to excellent community colleges, vocational programs and adult schools. Continuing education programs and night classes at many schools allow thousands of employed men and women to easily continue their studies and upgrade their occupational status. In addition, some of the best public elementary schools in the County of Los Angeles are located here, as are first-rate private schools and many fine preschools and day care centers.
Manufacturing Technologies Laboratory (MTL)
The MTL is a unique teaching/learning center, housed in a 36-foot mobile trailer. The purpose of the MTL is to increase academic performance through project-based "learning by doing," for both college and non-college bound students. Students integrate manufacturing technology with math, science, writing and research.
"STEVE ALLEN EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION" Award Given to the Valley's Top Schools
The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley recognizes outstanding schools, educators or students in the San Fernando Valley who have brought national attention to the region, with the 3rd Annual Steve Allen "Excellence in Education" Award. The award is named for long-time Valley resident and legendary entertainer Steve Allen, who valued learning and spent much of his later years focused on speaking and writing about the importance of education. read more »
The Economic Alliance is pleased to partner, support or participate in the following:
Unite-LA promotes School-to-Career (STC) opportunities for students in the greater Los Angeles area by creating partnerships between our education and business communities.
Project GRAD Initiated in the Houston Independent School District in 1993-1994, Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) is a school-community collaborative to improve instructional quality and culture of at-risk feeder systems of schools.
Click here for additional, useful links to local, state and national education Web sites.