CHAMBER COMMITTEE MEETING UPDATES
Government Affairs Committee (GAC)
Peter Wilson, Executive Director, Florence Douglas Senior Center presented an informative and impactful presentation on the needs of seniors in our community with special focus on financial struggles affecting this population. Assistant City Manager, Teri Kilgore, spoke on the City of Vallejo’s proposed recommendations for a water rate adjustment to aide in our city’s ageing water infrastructure. GVRD Executive, Shane McAffee announced his retirement from service. Congratulations to him and his wife.
The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee heard a wonderful presentation from Fire Chief Jack McArthur regarding the City of Vallejo’s Emergency Preparedness plan. Chief McArthur discussed the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and how the VFD, VPD and Public Works all have rolls in case of an emergency like earthquake, wild fire, floods or large violent situations. Police Chief Andrew Bidou briefed the committee on the police department’s role, and Planning Chief Andrea Ouse talked about her role coordinating the city’s Emergency Operations Center and the various city agencies involved. Kaiser Permanente and Cal Maritime Academy are also key players in emergency response. Finally, the website Next Door is a resource where the public can access more information during an emergency.
Is your business prepared for an emergency? If not, reach out to one of these important local resources for more information.
Economic Development Committee (EDC)
The Economic Development Committee is open to all Chamber members. Highlights from the January EDC meeting include:
- Guest Speaker Linda Daraskavich, President of the Solano Association of Realtors, discussed current trends in the real estate market including Vallejo’s status as the “best real estate market in the nation” and loan limit changes to federal loan programs such as FHA
- The City of Vallejo highlighted new businesses established in 2016; discussed how the Grow Vallejo Fund helped businesses with remodeling costs; talked about Blu Homes and their pending move out of state due to high cost of California regulations; and encouraged Chamber members to attend a City Council meeting to speak up for a downtown Post Office.
- The City also talked about new businesses coming soon to Vallejo, which will include Panera Bread and Sonic Burger.
- The Chamber is tentatively planning a “Good Morning Vallejo” economic development breakfast event for later this year.