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Technical Advisory Committee

Minutes
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

 MINUTES FOR THE

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

TAC AD HOC COMMITTEE

January 6, 2010

Siskiyou Room

51 Winburn Way

 

CALL TO ORDER

Staff Member, Adam Hanks called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

Committee members present:  John Rinaldi, Jr., Bill Molnar, Sandra Slattery, Jim Teece, and Mallory Pierce.

Staff members present: Adam Hanks, Martha Bennett, Diana Shiplet.

 

REVIEW OF AGENDA AND REMINDERS

Staff Member Adam Hanks gave an overview of today's agenda.  He reminded the group that on Wednesday, January 13 at 3:00 p.m., Eric Hovee will be in town to give a presentation of the EOA review and update his company has been working on.  Both the TAC and the Policy groups are invited in attend.

 

CONTINUATION OF SWOT

Group did a quick review of the SWOT work done at the last meeting, and made some small changes for clarification.

 

Weaknesses

Group added some weaknesses including:

- Community can be intolerant to differences in thought, opinion, approach, or style.  This limits our ability to be creative and grow.  Also, it causes perception issues.

- Often politically homogenous

- Declining student population

- State challenges (finances, tax style/rates, etc.) inhibit

- Threat of devastating fire.

 

Opportunities

       Specialty manufacturing (leveraging what we have)

       Croman Mill site redevelopment

       Railroad site development

       Potential expansion of OSF

       TAP

       Resources to leverage support for Economic Development

       Increasing opportunities in technology

       SOU is taking a hard look at itself

       Knowledge base which exists in Ashland

       State of Oregon provides enterprise zones and commercial overlays

       Work being done to create "angel" network

       Growth of green technology as a niche market

       International recognition for being a "cool" place for innovative manufacturing

       Aging population's need for specific services (health care, etc.)

       People are engaged in our outdoor activities

       Geo tourism

       Land adjacent to the City is available for commercial development

       Clarity and responsiveness of development process

 

Threats

       SOU's continued lack of resources

       New and growing businesses challenged to find available capital

       Rail closure

       Image that we are a retirement community

       Inflation of real estate prices due to increase in retirement population

       Fewer people attending live entertainment and we are dependant upon the theater

       Lack of affordability (not just talking about real estate)

       Cost of living

       Lower wage scale = loss of recent graduates

       Lack of control over image of Ashland (newspapers, internet info, blogs, etc.)

       On-line business can be here without engaging in community

       Companies growing too big for Ashland (not poised to retain growing companies)

 

NEXT STEPS

Group will finish/review the SWOT at the next meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Diana Shiplet, Executive Secretary                                           

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