Vacaville council to review economic development option

By From page A3 | November 13, 2012

VACAVILLE — The City Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to form an economic development subcommittee and name two of its council members to sit on it.

The committee will be asked to come up with proposals for the council to create what City Manager Laura Kuhn called in her report “a business-friendly climate, provide more jobs for our residents and to assist in bringing new revenue to the city.”

Tuesday’s vote comes after six months of discussion.

Council members decided earlier this fall to form the committee with two council members and seven other members from the community who would apply to be appointed by the council.

The council held off on forming the committee because it wanted to wait to see if the city’s two tax measures, Measure’s I and M, passed. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris said waiting until after the election would give the city a better understanding of its fiscal future.

Both measures were approved Nov. 6 by Vacaville voters.

Community members would include two people from the business community, one from the building community, one at-large community member, two from an economic development group, such as the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, and one representing tourism or regional retail businesses.

Vacaville cut back on its efforts to promote economic development and left its economic development director position vacant after budget revenue losses forced the city into cutback mode.

Last spring, a majority of the council created an economic development ad hoc committee of local business people, a developer and two council members to work out ways to improve the city’s economy. After that committee presented its report, it was dissolved.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Vacaville City Council

  • What: Creation of an economic development committee
  • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Vacaville City Council chamber, 650 Merchant St.
  • Info: 449-5100
Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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