The Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County has been honored by a statewide economic development organization for its economic strategy project launched in 2010.
The California Association for Local Economic Development presented the EVC with one of four awards in the category of economic development programs at its annual conference in Sacramento.
The EVC, a nonprofit that assists businesses in starting and growing, has brought together government and business leaders to develop an actively evolving economic strategy.
What’s noteworthy, said EVC program manager Christine Rogers, is that most communities publish an economic strategy, but few continue to bring leaders together to implement it with “high-level discussions that end up in real actions to move things forward.”
Among those real actions are that local government entities will begin incorporating information about economic impacts into staff reports for discretionary projects and policy adoption or modification.
Many other economic strategies are in development for the six business clusters “of opportunity” identified in the economic strategy report: building design and construction, health services, knowledge and innovation services, specialized manufacturing, and the “uniquely SLO County” cluster of wine, agriculture, recreation and accommodation.