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Fairfield names Briggs to economic development post

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From page A4 | December 19, 2013 | 7 Comments

Bryan Briggs

Bryan Briggs

FAIRFIELD — Bryan Briggs has been named senior economic development project manager for the city of Fairfield, with duties that include office, retail and restaurant recruitment as well as downtown revitalization.

The city in a news release said Briggs’ role fulfills a commitment to the community after passage of Measure P.

Briggs, a native of Chicago, began his career in the Planning Department for the city of Santa Clara and then worked in the Central Valley city of Ceres and the Monterey Bay area cities of Hollister, Salinas and Marina.

“We are pleased to have found such an experienced, qualified person as we continue to push for a stronger economy in Fairfield,” said Erin Beavers, community development director, in the news release.

Briggs was recently appointed to serve on the League of California Cities’ Policy Committee on Revenue and Taxation. He is also a member of groups including the Municipal Managers Association of Northern California and the National Association of Realtors.

He earned a law degree from Santa Clara University, a master’s in urban planning and regional development from California State University, San Jose and holds a real estate broker’s license, the city said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • The MisterDecember 19, 2013 - 7:37 am

    The photo's crooked. Is this a subtle editorial comment on Mr Briggs? What will Mr Briggs cost the City... will his salary be greater than 6 digits? Any discussion of putting Mr Briggs on commission to encourage performance?

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  • CD BrooksDecember 19, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Hilarious! The print edition has him upright but difficulties with the site this morning caused him to fall over! :) Hope he brings some good quality NON-FAST FOOD restaurants (hint: Cheesecake Factory) and a Boudin's would be nice too! Probably no hope for a downtown revitalization but we shall see...

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  • Suisun1December 19, 2013 - 8:39 am

    No!!! more chains. Fairfield-Suisun is already saturated with chains serving unhealthy food and low-wage jobs. The downtown Fairfield area needs to be celebrated for what already exists and can be accentuated--very authentic regional and international foods (Middle Eastern, Mexican, Salvadoran, Korean, soul food, diners, vegan, etc.) with unique stores like Gordon's music, used baby store, pottery and furniture shops, etc. Would be great to see art spaces being developed here! Hold focus groups and ask residents and tourists alike what they want out of this area. Also need better linkages between downtown Fairfield and Suisun (maybe a greenway!!!).

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  • The MisterDecember 19, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Suisun1, what is it that makes you think it's the government, or its representative Mr Briggs, or a focus group of the people who should decide to put money, time and effort at risk to satisfy your culinary cravings? If there's a market demand AND a potential to make a profit (are you familiar with this word?), then various types of eating establishments, or other kinds of business, will spring up. There may be a demand for a niche restaurant or business, but if there is no potential for a profit, they why would ANYONE in their right mind even think about starting one here. The State and Feds are all over with regulations and fees, and the City with their dictatorial rules... like $200 fee to put a small sidewalk sign in front of the business... and the need to compete with the free money of welfare, food stamps, section 8, etc... the employer would have to pay artificially high wages... wages not supported by the income of the business. And what about when Obamacare reaches its filthy claws down to the business that have 5 or less employees? It's game over. So when you pontificate, Suisun1, on how those greedy small business owners just love to see that you don't get your special little restaurant... you'll know it's just because they don't like you and has nothing to do with ZERO chance of making a profit.

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  • B. ThiemerDecember 19, 2013 - 9:13 am

    How much of Measure P funds pay for his salary? Where in the measure P campaign literature was "hire an economic development project manager" mentioned?

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  • innovationinstitutellcDecember 19, 2013 - 11:56 am

    The city manager's office made another smart hire. Bryan Briggs is just who the city needs to continue Fairfield's positive economic transformation.

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  • Here we go againDecember 19, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    I know one thing; RDA money is not going to pay his salary. It will be paid out of the General Fund, Measure P funds. This position pays (according to a web site that list's Fairfield’s pay scales) $83K a year. With benefit I think it's safe to say the cost is around $140K a year.

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