Twenty years ago the various cities in the San Gabriel Valley along with various private sector business leaders caused the creation of the SGVEP for the purpose of developing and implementing marketing and other programs to maintain and expand the economic base of the communities of the San Gabriel Valley.
SGVEP was incorporated as the San Gabriel Valley Commerce and Cities Consortium.
It all began in 1989 when three city managers from Alhambra, Monrovia and West Covina recognized they were having a problem attracting new businesses and explaining to prospective businesses where their cities were located. When they said the San Gabriel Valley, no one knew where it was located. They know that a region that had a strong image would help them each promote their city.
These three cities managers brought together a group of business leaders. The business community saw the value of promoting the region and agreed to help fund a study to analyze what was the image of the San Gabriel Valley, what were its assets, and how a diverse region could come together in a joint effort to promote economic growth and vitality.
The study found the San Gabriel Valley was not recognized as a region; the assets included strong infrastructure, a good transportation network and professional city staff who wanted to work with business; and that it would take a joint effort from SGV cities and businesses working together through a non-profit corporations to leverage the power of the region.
The primary thrust was to bring the SGV together and to speak as a unified voice on issues important to the entire region.
The name was changed to the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to reflect the growing and broad membership including business, local government, colleges and universities and non-profit organizations committed to the mission of:
“Fostering the success of business to enrich the quality of life
in the greater San Gabriel Valley”
The membership make-up today is:
Local Government 19%
Community Service Non-Profits 12%
Higher Education 7%
Programs and services focus on the areas of:
Public Policy Advocacy
Marketing the San Gabriel Valley
Professional Business Assistance
The SGVEP has become a well-recognized regional, not for profit corporation supported and directed by its members and committed to the continued economic success of the San Gabriel Valley.