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Workshop Attendees Provide Valuable Feedback for Economic Development Strategic Plan

The first in a series of public workshops designed to inform the City's five-year Economic Development Strategic Plan was held on March 29th. Approximately 40 community members attended, representing local businesses, Cal Poly, non-profits and residents.


Participants identified existing trends that could be capitalized on to create jobs and discussed the challenges of doing business in the City.


The workshop highlighted opportunities for job creation, such as access to fiber optic internet, Cal Poly innovation and talent, quality of life, growing technology companies, a vibrant downtown, and an engaged community.


Top challenges named were uncertainty in the City's development review process and costs of permits in the City, lack of shovel-ready opportunity sites, housing costs, and airport and rail system limitations.


Strategies proposed by workshop participants to capitalize on opportunities and address challenges will be a significant source of inspiration for the Strategic Plan.


For more information on the Strategic Plan process, visit the Economic Development website 


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