At the beginning of every New Year, people often like to consider ways to change or improve their lives. Often, they will create resolutions that involve trying new things, making positive changes to their health and routines in the hopes that this will help them improve.

If you are one of those people who enjoy making resolutions to help grow an area of your life or expertise, consider joining the Economic Development Committee. Apart from being responsible for writing and publishing this column, the committee works as an advisory body for council to effect change in our community in matters of economic development.

Established in in 2012 by the Lompoc City Council, the Economic Development Committee was the result of a recommendation by the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).

The EDC was tasked with creating and maintaining an Economic Development Strategic Plan. This plan contains recommendations for the city drafted by the committee’s members. The members are appointment to the committee by the City Council and have revolving term dates. We volunteer time for one meeting per month, minutes of which can be found on the city’s website. We work on subcommittees whose sole purpose is to find ways to economic development in our city.

Members of the Economic Development Committee come from different industries. They include health care, wine, education, hospitality and several independent or small businesses.

We are all local and bound only by the desire to improve Lompoc’s economic vitality. The work is also committed to adding capacity to other industries in the city which may have a vested interest in improving economic development: restaurants, manufacturing, military, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Apart from advising the council on matters of economic development, the committee also works to create a business-friendly environment. Perhaps you have visited a business which has been awarded an EVA or Economic Vitality Award. These EVAs are granted to businesses who have recently made improvements or changes to their business that makes a positive impact on the community.

This article is a call for members to contribute their time and expertise to help Lompoc. If you have an idea to help Lompoc, we’d love to hear it.

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You are welcome to come to our public meetings to see what the future of Economic Development is in Lompoc. You will meet the members and notice that we are simply residents of Lompoc who love our town and want to see it succeed. We work together on projects to improve the city, and in 2018, hope to do it with even more vigor.

If you’re looking for a way to be involved in local events or local government, a non-government body is a great way to do it. Perhaps you have an idea to revitalize old-town Lompoc, or want to throw your weight behind an economic decision, you can do it through the committee.

The Economic Development Committee is a great way to become involved in local decisions. According to the City of Lompoc’s website, there are 14 established advisory boards, commissions and committees to advise the City Council and provide public input to the city government of Lompoc. Vacancies are created by expiring terms or resignations during the year.

A full list of vacancies can be found at http://www.cityoflompoc.com/government/committees/list.htm.Applications are available online may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office and will be kept for one full year from the date of receipt. The Economic Development Committee will have some vacancies this year, and we’re looking for committed members to join and help the decision-making process.

Building the Future Today is a column by the Lompoc Economic Development Committee. The column runs on the first and third Sundays of each month. To contact the committee, email lompocedc@gmail.com.

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