City of San Diego Economic Development Strategy 2014-2016

At the request of the City Council’s Rules & Economic Development Committee, the City’s Planning, Neighborhoods & Economic Development Department has prepared a draft Economic Development Strategy (EDS) for the Committee’s consideration. The draft EDS has taken into consideration the input provided to City staff from a wide variety of business-serving and non-business organizations and hundreds of individual businesses and ad hoc committees, over the course of the last several years. The draft EDS is now ready for public review and comment. (see Item #4 for Staff Report, PowerPoint, and Attachments)

The draft was reviewed and discussed by the City Council’s Rules & Economic Development Committee on December 11, 2013. Public input from two stakeholder organizations indicated a desire for a more comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, by adding a discussion and policy objectives regarding housing and general infrastructure improvements, which are concepts often considered tangential to economic development. When asked for clarification regarding the scope of the EDS, the Committee expressed a preference for an EDS focused more narrowly on traditional economic development efforts such as the creation of jobs, the revitalization of small business districts, and augmentation of the City’s tax base.

Written comments can be sent to the City at any time prior to 5:00 pm on Monday January 20, 2014. Comments can be sent directly via reply to this email, or can be sent by mail to the address listed below:

Russ Gibbon
Business Development Manager
City of San Diego
Planning, Neighborhoods & Economic Development Department
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101

Additionally, the City will offer two public workshops on the EDS at the time and place listed below:

Tuesday January 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.


Tuesday January 14, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Both Workshops will be held at:

Santa Fe Room
2150 Pan American Rd. West
San Diego, CA 92101

Parking is free