The Community Development Department is responsible for economic development within the City. The Department assists with new businesses, business relocation, or business expansions.
Advance Astoria: 5-Year Economic Development Strategy - The Community Development Department received a Technical Assistance Grant from the Department of Land Conservation and Development in March, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to develop a five year economic development strategy.
The City solicited for professional services to assist in creating an economic development strategy. Community Attributes Inc. (CAI) from Seattle was selected as the preferred consultant. The City Council approved a contract with CAI on October 19, 2016.
The project timeline is as follows:
September – December 2016: Project Initiation, Data Collection, and Technical Analysis
January – March 2017: Community Engagement, Review Draft Concepts
April – June 2017: Draft Action Plan, Review & Adoption Process
Mayor LaMear appointed a citizens advisory committee to help guide the project and provide advice on technical and policy questions that may arise throughout this process:
Andrew Bornstein - Traded Sector/Fish Processing Industry
Alisa Dunlap - Pacific Power
Jorge Gutierrez - Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Jim Knight (Gary Kobes) - Port of Astoria
David Kroening - Buoy Beer (Josh Allison - Reach Break Brewing)
Kevin Leahy / David Reid - Co Chair, CEDR/SBDC
Mary McArthur - Col Pac
Leslie McCray - Owner, Sweaterheads Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner
Walt Postlewait (Scott Huddleston) - CRAFT3
Jim Servino (Skip Hauke) - Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce
Erik Thorson - Columbia Memorial Hospital
JoAnn Zahn - VP of Finance, Clatsop Community College
Documents relating to this project will be posted below, as they become available.
Request for Qualifications
City Council Memo - Approve CAI Contract 9-14-16
Community Attributes Inc (CAI) Contract
City Council Power Point Presentation 9-19-16
Advance Astoria: Economic Development Strategy Flyer
Advisory Committee Agenda 10-5-16
Advisory Committee - Panel Discussion Power Point Presentation 10-5-16
Chamber of Commerce Point Point Presentation 11-29-16
Media Release: Community Forum No. 1 1-3-17
Community Forum No. 1 Flyer 1-19-17
Advisory Committee Agenda 1-19-17
Community Forum Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) 1-19-17
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please check out the FAQ.
Here is a link to the City calendar for future meetings and events.
For information about this project, contact Kevin Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-338-5183.