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Economic Development Ad-Hoc Committees (View All)

Policy Group

Minutes
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MINUTES FOR THE

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY GROUP

December 16, 2009

51 Winburn Way

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Russ Silbiger called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way.

 

Committee Members Present:

 

Staff Present:

Russ Silbiger

John Stromberg

Wendy Siporen

Ric Holt

Mark Marchetti

Tom Bradley

Pam Hammond

Annie Hoy

John Fields

Laurie Gibbs

 

Adam Hanks, Project Manager

April Lucas, Admin. Assistant

 

 

 

Absent Members:

 

 

Dean Cropper

Jim Klein

DeeAnn Everson

Emile Amarotico

 

 

 

AROUND THE ROOM INTRODUCTIONS

The members briefly went around the table and introduced themselves and the organizations they represent.

 

OVERALL WORK PLAN LAYOUT DISCUSSION

Project Manager Adam Hanks reviewed the Economic Development Strategy flowchart and project timeline with the group. He explained this group will work with the Technical Advisory Committee to form strategic goal categories and ultimately economic development goals for the City. From there, the process will include a public comment component, after which the groups will reconvene to form the final strategic goals and associated action items.

 

Mr. Hanks clarified the City has hired a consultant to assist with this process. The consultant’s first presentation to the Policy Group and Technical Advisory Committee has been tentatively scheduled for January 13, 2010.

 

Ric Holt presented information to the group on “Economic Gardening” and suggested they consider this concept. He stated this model for economic development is more in line with Ashland values and focuses on supporting local businesses, rather than bringing new businesses into the community. Mr. Holt also recommended the City consider hiring a permanent economic development person (Director of Economic Gardening). He stated this model is not new, but is a different approach than what was brought forward in the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA).

 

Mr. Hanks clarified the EOA is a land use document and under state law had to follow specific guidelines. Mayor Stromberg added the EOA is really a projection of historical trends, and while this is a useful document, it is not THE document they want to use as they move forward.

 

BRIANSTORM NATIONAL, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL ECONOMIC TRENDS

The group went around the table and each member identified trends they have observed.

[SEE Economic Development Policy Group, December 16, 2009 for details]

 

STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSESS, OPPORTUNITIES, THREATS OUTLINE

The group went around the table and members identified the City’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

[SEE Economic Development Policy Group, December 16, 2009 for details]

 

NEXT MEETING TOPICS/GOALS

Mr. Silbiger suggested the group consider moving their meeting dates in order to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Mr. Hanks stated he would email the group possible options and would let them know what is decided.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

April Lucas, Administrative Assistant

                                               

 

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