Economic Development

Economic development is the sustained creation of community wealth and the generation of tax revenues through the retention, expansion and development of diverse, private sector commercial and industrial business opportunities. 

The development of a strong City economy is essential to providing employment opportunities and tax revenues to underwrite the cost of municipal Services. 

Staff seeks to promote the economic well-being of the City by encouraging diversification of its industrial and commercial base and employment opportunities.  Department personnel work with the Chamber of Commerce, downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and individual businesses to strengthen the business climate, encourage investment in the City. 

Staff works with state and county economic development organizations in marketing the City and providing the opportunity for new firms to locate their operations in an attractive, safe, and economically sound environment.