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Schipske Focuses on Economic Development and Jobs
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Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
5th District, Long Beach, CA

Schipske Proposes Contracting With LB Chamber of Commerce to Provide An Economic Development Officer, Economic Development Plan and Advisory Committee

 

Long Beach, CA., November 2, 2012 - Following a recent Council meeting at which the Council unanimously voted to request the City Manager to report on how the City could fund an "Economic Development" effort to attract and retain business in the City, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today says she will place an item on the agenda requesting the City Manager to explore the possibility of contracting with the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce to operate such an effort.

 

"While certainly such an effort is needed to make Long Beach competitive, quite honestly, government really doesn't create private sector jobs. So it makes better sense to utilize the local Chamber of Commerce to help the City," explains Schipske.

"The Chamber has the connections and the expertise to assist Long Beach in becoming a showplace for creating economic opportunities. Moreover, we need the 'outside' perspective on how government can do better in creating and maintaining a business friendly environment. Most importantly, we need a long range economic development plan for this City. A partnership with the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce could spur the economic development we need."

 

Schipske notes that many cities across the U.S. are contracting with local Chambers for similar efforts, including asking their chambers to assist in developing economic development plans and establishing economic development advisory committees to help guide efforts to recruit and retain business and jobs.

 

"The Chamber has the connections and the expertise to assist Long Beach in becoming a showplace for creating economic opportunities," Schipske explains.

 

Schipske is proposing that the City fund this contract out of the Special Advertising and Promotion fund which comes from the "transient occupancy tax."

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