Monrovia officials are trying to persuade World Vision U.S. to stay in the city after learning that the international Christian relief and development agency is studying plans to move its headquarters.
World Vision U.S. has 525 employees in 11 buildings in Monrovia, Pasadena and Duarte. The organization is among the city’s top five employers, said City Manager Rod Gould. World Vision is exempt from property taxes because of its ministry status, but its employees spend money at the city’s shops and restaurants, Gould said. Also, the organization draws conference participants who stay at local hotels.
On Sept. 20, World Vision’s board of directors voted to consider moving its headquarters next summer, partially as a cost-saving measure. Among the 14 possible relocation sites: Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis or elsewhere in the Los Angeles area.
The move would not involve employees at World Vision International in Monrovia. A final decision is expected in December.