Economic Development Strategy

Strategy Implementation - Phase Two
The City of Ashland is currently focused on implementing Phase Two of the Economic Development Strategy. Click here for the Phase Two Implementation Plan.
The most recent Quarterly Economic Development Strategy update can be found here.
Economic Development Strategy Adopted
The City Council adopted the final Economic Development Strategy at their meeting of July 19, 2011. The Strategy was a result of a 2009-10 Mayor and City Council goal for creating and implementing an Economic Development Strategy that would incorporate the following objectives:
• Diversifying the economic base of the community,
• Supporting creation and growth of businesses that use and provide local and regional products,
• Increasing the number of family-wage jobs in the community, and
• Leveraging the strengths of Ashland’s tourism and repeat visitors.  
Click here for the final document and Staff report presented to Council at the July 19th meeting.
Background Information
Initial presentation of the draft Economic Development Strategy project development plan and adoption schedule.
Confirmation of Mayor's selection to the Economic Development Policy Group and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 
A three component Citizen Involvement Plan was used as part of the Committee's work towards drafting a recommended draft Strategy for Council review. Components included ten topic based focus groups, two public open houses and an online questionnaire. All three components are detailed in the Citizen Involvement Report. Additionally, minutes of the individual focus group meetings can be reviewed here.
A list of members of the Mayor appointed ad-hoc Economic Development Committee that met from November of 2009 to June of 2011 to develop a recommended draft Strategy for Council review and adoption. Minutes of all Committee meetings can be reviewed here.
Economic Development Strategy


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