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Historic event to create first economic plan

Posted: February 2, 2009 8:06 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
College of the Canyons and the City of Santa Clarita will host an historic discussion designed to assist the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in drafting the county's first economic development strategic plan.

The LAEDC event "Drafting a Consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Los Angeles County" will take place from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday in the college's East Physical Education building, on the Valencia campus.

A continental breakfast, provided by corporate sponsor The Gas Company, and guest check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

There is no charge to attend this event, however event organizers ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Seating is limited.

"College of the Canyons is proud to play a role in this historic event," said Bruce Getzan, COC's Dean of economic development. "It's always important to have a strategic plan and with California's current economic climate. There is no better time to begin creating a comprehensive and collaborative consensus on how the county should move forward."

Opening with welcome comments from college Chancellor Dianne Van Hook and City of Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry, the event will feature a presentation by Bill Allen, LAEDC President and CEO, before audience members break away for a series of round-table discussions.

Discussion topics include:
Land Use:
Larry Mankin, President and CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Infrastructure: Kathy Norris, President and CEO, Valley Industrial Association.

Workforce Education: Bruce Getzan, Dean, Economic Development, College of the Canyons.

Quality of Life: Greta Boye, Business Assistance Regional Manager, LAEDC.

Business Friendly Environment: Jason Crawford, Marketing and Economic Development Manager, City of Santa Clarita.

Following the discussion each facilitator will present their group's finding to the audience during a follow-up question and answer period.

This event is organized through a partnership between the LAEDC, the college Employee Training Institute, the college Foundation and the city's Economic Development Division, and sponsored by The Gas Company.

This will be the first in a series of local business meetings hosted by College of the Canyons as part of the President's Business Partners program which channeled business support to the college while providing the college with knowledge and information on specific industry needs and trends.

Each year the President's Business Partners will host a series of business summits to facilitate the exchange of ideas within the context of the contemporary economic and business climate.

For more information about the LAEDC event "Drafting a Consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Los Angeles County" or to RSVP please call (661) 362-3435.

For more information about the President's Business Partners program please contact Murray Wood, Chief Development Officer, College of the Canyons Foundation, at (661) 362-3433.


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