Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monrovia City Manager Talks Business

  Relationship building and business retention.

Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile, right, is joined by
Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck and Duarte Deputy 
City Manager Karen Hererra on Thursday at the 
Foothill WIB's board meeting.
Those will be the two leading priorities of the City of Monrovia's Economic Development efforts in the coming years, said Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile during her presentation at the Foothill Workforce Investment Board's quarterly meeting.

Ms. Lile presented alongside Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck and Duarte Deputy City Manager Karen Hererra during a panel discussion on "Partnering with Economic Development: Creating the Workforce Advantage."

For Monrovia, the community and City Council has concluded during the PlanMonrovia Strategic Planning Process that one of the City's six priorities in the next five years should be Economic Development. Specifically, these actions:

According to Ms. Lile, retention and growth efforts have moved forward in large part through the Business Visits that have targeted Old Town Businesses and top employers. And as far as building relationships - this will be critical in helping to identify need by our local businesses and finding the appropriate resources to meet these needs.

Among the organizations that the City will focus its efforts on include businesses, brokers and economic development organizations such as the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Foothill Workforce Investment Board, and the San Gabriel Valley Partnership, just to name a few.

While redevelopment dollars may have disappeared, the need for attracting businesses, and retaining and growing our existing workforce remains more important than ever.