The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has established a general direction for economic development. Now it seeks stakeholders to help identify specific strategies to move the plan forward.
Business owners, developers, civic leaders, employers, concerned citizens, and representatives of community organizations are invited to attend a Strategic Planning Workshop for Sutter County Economic Development from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veteran's Memorial Loop, Yuba City.
In 2012, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a countywide General Plan that calls for maintaining and enhancing the County's long term fiscal health, maintaining a business friendly environment for both existing and new companies, enhancing the desirability of the County for new business and business expansion by supporting investment in the professional skills of the workforce, and diversifying the local economic base to encourage consistent, sustainable long-term growth that positively impacts businesses, residents, and public agencies.
Supervisors want to work with the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation to update the Yuba-Sutter Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The strategy should include developing a brand for the region and create new economic development opportunities; promote the County's assets and strengths to attract new and retain/expand existing targeted businesses; promote new products, services and businesses that provide wealth and job opportunities for all residents; and promote the advantages of buying products and using services from locally owned businesses.
An Ad Hoc committee comprised of Supervisors Larry Munger and Ron Sullenger, County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens, and Economic Development Director Brynda Stranix was formed to work with stakeholders to develop specific strategies for implementing the general direction. Participants in the workshop will be asked to provide recommended strategies for economic development.
"Sutter County has the desire to become a destination for business and jobs for the local residents," said Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker. "The County has streamlined regulations and processes to encourage business and industry to locate here. But now we want to take the next step."
"The strategies discussed at this workshop, and by the Ad Hoc Committee, will be considered for adoption by the Board of Supervisors," said Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker. "That's why participation is important. The workshop is the first step in a process to help shape mid-term and long-term economic prospects for Sutter County. We want, and need as much participation as possible."
"Sutter County has developed a General Plan to address economic development," said Ms. Stranix. "Now we want to develop a specific plan to back the general plan and move forward with a coordinated approach. This is an important step in the overall process and we welcome stakeholder participation from every sector."