Friday, August 28, 2020

Amador County Asks for Citizen's Input on Economic Development

AMADOR COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — The county and cities of Amador would like your ideas on economic development.

Access the County’s virtual town hall meeting by going to https://chabinconcepts.mysocialpinpoint.com/amador-ceds.

There you will find two surveys, one for residents and one for business owners. Answer a few questions to contribute to the County’s new Economic Development Action Plan. 

The surveys will be available until Friday, September 18, 2020.

You will also find here several maps that show the development sites identified in the County’s General Plan as the focus of economic development efforts, infrastructure investment, and business development activities. These, along with similar areas designated by the cities, represent the greatest opportunity for business and employment growth.

Click on the maps and share your ideas, concerns, and ask questions.

An important part of a plan like this is hearing from the residents and business owners of Amador County.

Typically, the County would invite residents and business owners to community meetings to share information. Instead, to avoid person-to-person contact, help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and comply with stay-at-home and social distancing policies the County is using technology to garner your participation. 

A public hearing on the completed Economic Development Strategy will be held in October before it is submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) at which time projects could be eligible for federal funding.

Amador County has long experienced population decline and underemployment. The County Board of Supervisors decided that a plan is needed to help the County and local jurisdictions reverse these trends. In July 2020, the County started the process of creating a five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that will help guide investment decisions on infrastructure, public works, and job-creating initiatives.

The CEDS will address economic challenges and opportunities and include an Action Plan for building a resilient local economy, increased commerce, and employment options.

About Economic Development Administration

www.eda.gov 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development. EDA plays a critical role in facilitating regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Investment priorities are: Recovery & Resilience, Infrastructure, Workforce Development and Manufacturing, Exports and Foreign Direct Investment, and Opportunity Zones.

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