Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors directed that an Economic Vitality Strategy be developed for the County of Santa Cruz. The process involved preparation of an Economic Trends Report, and six interactive focus group workshops with our economic development partners in the cities and business groups, such as the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Possible approaches and strategies for addressing our community’s economic opportunities and challenges were then presented at four community workshops as well as an “Open Town Hall” on the County’s website.
The resulting draft strategy is to recognize countywide assets, opportunities and partnerships and to highlight goals, strategies and actions that County governmental agencies can pursue to complement and strengthen the economic development efforts of existing businesses, agencies and organizations.
Your feedback and ideas are important. The attached draft of the study being circulated for review and comment until July 7. Comments should be submitted to the Planning Director, either by postal service at 701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor, Santa Cruz CA 95060 or by email to PLN001@santacruzcounty.us. I am interested in receiving a cc of your email comments as well email@example.com.
Your organization may also be interested in a presentation on the Economic Vitality Strategy by County Economic Vitality Staff. If so,, please contact my office or Economic Development Coordinator Barbara Mason at Barbara.Mason@santacruzcounty.us.
The Economic Vitality Strategy is scheduled to return for the Board of Supervisor’s consideration and discussion in August.