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• Roundtable: Facilitated the county’s only ongoing, monthly meeting of regional economic development leaders from each of the 10 cities, the county and other key representatives. Economic Development Roundtable participants are part of the first line of communication between businesses and local government, where each participant can share information, best practices and their city’s challenges and successes.
• California Stewardship Network: EDC-VC was invited to join the California Steward- ship Network, a group of 12 organizations committed to tackling the state’s most pressing economic, environmental and community challenges. The Stewardship Network’s mission is to find new and creative solutions to California’s nagging state-wide challenges: How to spark widespread prosperity and wellbeing for all, improve education outcomes, protect our environment and strengthen hard-pressed communities.
- Partnerships: EDC-VC continued its partnerships with Ventura County’s cities, Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County (WIB), Small Business Administration, SCORE, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, Women’s Economic Ventures and several others to provide services to the region’s businesses.
- Business-to-Business Networking: Helped promote economic vitality along the 101 corridor, from north of San Luis Obispo to Thousand Oaks, by providing development input and sponsorship for 805Connect (805Connect.com). The site is a newly launched regional database geared to connect business leaders, to support the give-and-take of expertise and share information related to jobs and events.• Broadband Initiative: Helped advance and expand access to fast broadband to the Central Coast through the tri-county broadband initiative, Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast, and became the fiscal agent for strategic and financial oversight. The project is a collaboration between San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties and is comprised of business and government stakeholders.