City looks at ways to boost Vacaville’s economy

By April 7, 2014

VACAVILLE — Council members will hear several new recommendations to boost Vacaville’s economy Tuesday from the stakeholder-driven Economic Development Committee.

They four recommendations are:

  • Develop standard and expedited process schedules for planning, permits and special events to reassess  performance standards accounting for current staff levels, which is 20 percent lower than before the economic crisis. Development-focused programs are also reduced by 50 percent because of lack of funding. This recommendation would involve internal staff review of various former departmental customer service plans to create an updated, realistic processing procedure.
  • Create a citywide branding effort in five years working with Visit Vacaville, a program promoting Vacaville and its offerings. If approved by the council, the recommendation would begin with a branding study that is estimated to cost about $86,000 with the Visit Vacaville program pledging to pay $40,000, the city matching that amount and the rest coming from other agencies.
  • Collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce to begin Start Your Business packets, which, with the help of an ombudsman committee, would provide step-by-step instruction on how to open a business in Vacaville. The project is currently in progress.
  • Study policy issues and report on increased demand for electronic signs in Vacaville. The study would include a collaboration with industry experts and a look at what has been implemented in other communities.

The Economic Development Committee was formed in January 2013 and consists of a variety of stakeholders.

Three initial recommendations were brought forth – reducing development fees, bringing on an assistant city manager and providing customer service training – and were implemented in various fashion since the time of the committee’s start.

The group’s efforts focus on ensuring previous recommendations are put in motion and prioritizing new recommendations. These four recommendations being brought to the council are the result of a group consensus.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 650 Merchant St. in Vacaville. The city’s website is www.ci.vacaville.ca.us.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • The MisterApril 08, 2014 - 6:56 am

    Three of the suggestions involved the City getting the heck out of the way of small business and the fourth involved spending more taxpayer money to tell outside businesses that the City has gotten out of the way of small business. City of Vacaville... why don't you get the heck out of the way of the businesses that are already here and see what kind of positive response that brings? Talk is cheap... let's see some real action.

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  • patrickApril 08, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    what is the sales tax in Vacaville Fairfield taxes at 8.65%

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  • JazzAzzApril 08, 2014 - 7:07 am

    I thought that they were already doing a fairly good job>>>>STEALING MOST OF FAIRFIELD'S BUSINESSES, many good restaurants. I see many close here in town, despite the fact that when you go to one, it is crowded enough to have to wait (At restaurants). I'd blame Vacaville for our loss of, "Cost Plus," too, but Vacaville already had one.

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