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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Approves the Creation of the Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development

10/05/21

 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an assessment of the county’s current efforts to support local businesses that will lead to the creation of The Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development. The initiative was co-docketed by Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher and was approved with a 5-0 vote by the board.

The County of San Diego is one of two Southern California counties without a formalized economic development office to support in business creation and retention. This assessment will set the foundation to create an agency that will fill the void and promote and sustain diversity, innovation, competition, and entrepreneurship. The board letter directs the Chief Administrative Officer to conduct a thorough review of the County’s efforts around economic prosperity, innovation, and development to identify gaps and develop a comprehensive economic development strategy for the San Diego Region.   

Economic prosperity is the key element to quality of life and Vice Chair Vargas fully supports the development and support of businesses in the county, especially as we recover from the global pandemic.

“As we work towards an equitable economic recovery, we need to make sure we invest in our communities and ensure economic prosperity for all,” said Nora Vargas, Vice Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “With the creation of The Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development we have a unique opportunity to uplift local businesses, make significant investments in our communities and make San Diego is a global competitor in business creation, development and retention.”

Chair Nathan Fletcher co-docketed the board letter and has been a strong champion of the local business community.

“We have to tackle issues of equity in our economy.  We have to create more good quality jobs.  We have to address the erosion of the middle class. Now is the time to get our County Government involved in growing our economy,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors.  “For far too long our County has sat on the sidelines; establishing an Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development provides a framework for County government to play an active role in delivering jobs to the region and supporting our local business community.”