Long Beach has taken some great steps to help local businesses and encourage economic development, and I wanted to let you know about some great news.
This week, Mayor Foster and our Development Services department announced a reorganization of the City's plan check, permitting and inspection processes to reduce fees, red tape, and waiting times. Many changes and enhancements have been made so that new business owners and entrepreneurs will enjoy improved convenience and simplicity in the permitting process.
Our Fire and health plan check, permitting and inspection services have been merged into the Development Service process. Simple construction projects can now obtain plan review on the same day of their visit to the Development Permit Center. City representatives will now guide applicants through each necessary step at the Permit Center. And, new brochures provide step-by-step guides through the permitting process for various types of businesses, including Retail and Restaurant.
This is all part of the City's plan to strengthen our business community and help it grow, and it was done without any increase in spending.
I am proud of our Mayor, the City Council and our Long Beach Development Services Team for this important step forward. In addition to these great new changes, we are looking at creating a new Economic Development Officer position that will lead the charge on recruiting business and promoting business in Long Beach. Job growth is a top priority for our City, and the Economic Development Officer will be charged with helping lead that process.
We need to do everything we can to support and strengthen our economy locally and regionally, and this streamlining is a great step in that process. And we're just getting started.