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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Menifee residents offered a look and comments on the city's next 5 to 10 year economic plans


Last updated 8/16/2019 at 1:15am

Menifee residents have the unique opportunity to review and comment on the city council’s Draft Economic Development Strategy for the next decade.

The city council at its Wednesday, Aug. 7, meeting opened the door for the residents to come to city hall and look over the document that will serve as a blueprint for economic development across the region and Menifee specifically.

The draft CEDS plan developed by the Natelson Dale Group Inc. since Sept. 19, 2018, as a blueprint for economic development across the region and Menifee specifically. It identifies and prioritizes vital projects, programs and activities that address the region’s and city’s greatest needs as well as those that will enhance Menifee’s economic competitiveness.

The consulting firm and the city conducted two public meetings with a select committee made up of 18 private residents and business people and public service agency representatives to determine the course of action they should make to enhance residents chosen lifestyles for the next five to 10 years in light of the city’s continued rapid growth both in population and business. Regional leaders across multiple sectors that influence the economy and economic development have played an integral role in shaping the action plan to achieve the vision of a city that cultivates creativity, diversity and innovation to build a strong and resilient local economy.

Now, the city council in its quest wants to gain as much public input as possible for the plan.

“It is vital for Menifee’s continued success to not only understand our economic background, but also to have a strategy to identify and take advantage of opportunities as we continue to grow,” Gina Gonzalez, Economic Development director said in a news release following the meeting, “The CEDS helps to create a picture of the possibilities that are ahead, which allows us to more confidently make strategic decisions based on the priorities we have set.”

The CEDS will help the city apply for millions of dollars in grant funds available through the county, state and federal governments.

Now that those ideas and plans have been expressed the 109-page CEDS will be open for viewing by the public during business hours until 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. The city hall is located at 29844 Haun Road in its new location.

The council among other actions approved the purchase of four non-emergency vehicles from the California contract vendor Freeway Toyota for an amount not to exceed $17,354.12 including tax and delivery.

American Asphalt received the nod from the council to slurry seal some roads in the Menifee Lakes area not to exceed the contract amount or $37,053.

Cal Fire engineer Roy Garcia was congratulated on his retirement and for his many services rendered to the city as a firefighter. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Martinez was recognized for his recent acts in helping local residents.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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