City looks at ways to boost Vacaville’s economy
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.
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