Moving Solano Forward is transitioning to action plan

June 26 2017

By Todd R. Hansen From page A3 | June 25, 2017

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday will receive a presentation on the EDC Transition Plan to implement the Moving Solano Forward concepts.

The supervisors meet at 9 a.m. in the first-floor chambers of the county building, 675 Texas St., in Fairfield.

The Solano Economic Development plan, public-private business retention, expansion and attraction program, sets an initial goal of raising $265,000 each from the private sector and the public sector. The plan states that if that funding cannot be raised, then it may have to cut back on some of its proposed activities.

However, it also lists another option by which the county could be asked to invest up to $400,000.

“Would there be an opportunity where the county would consider funding (the) core program at ($350,000 to $400,000) . . .,” the plan states.

EDC Project Manager Sean Quinn said that option is not one that the organization is pursuing, noting that the plan was developed by the Chico-based consulting group Chabin Concepts and includes pieces harvested from similar plans.

“The EDC decided to pursue Plan A,” said Quinn, referring to the option of equal private-public investment.

The plan also asks whether the county would use a nonprofit to raise funds for “marketing and business attraction as a separate effort.” It is not clear if that would be an existing nonprofit or if the county would create a new one for the purpose.

Quinn said that is also an option that has largely been dismissed by the EDC.

County officials said the 2017-18 budget adopted on June 20 has $137,500 for the EDC membership and other existing programs, but has no money targeted for the new five-year transition master plan.

The plan also lays out a variety of private funding levels.

The principal goals of the transition plan are supporting and expanding existing businesses such as a “Business First Program,” which would be operated by the cities. It highlights marketing and business attraction efforts, and is viewed as the single most important goal by the community partners involved in the plan.

Travis Air Force Base also remains a critical part of the transition plan.

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