Al Aldrete, County Fair Fashion Mall manager, lays out four possible economic development models to pursue at Woodland s Economic Development Summit Wednesday morning.
The meeting was hosted by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. (Elizabeth Kalfsbeek/ Democrat )
Key players in the creation and sustainability of Woodland's economic development -- and perhaps the region -- gathered at the County Fair Fashion Mall Wednesday to discuss solutions.
The discussion was hosted by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce
City officials, city and county staff and local business people participated.
Focusing on action rather than rehashing woes, Al Aldrete, the mall's general manager and a chamber member, cited a Navy SEAL tactic: No complaints without solutions.
"Let's face it: Economic development is not sexy," said Aldrete
, noting that other municipal issues are at the forefront, such as public safety.
The general consensus, however, is the need to gain traction and to stop spinning wheels when it comes to garnering new business and retaining existing business.
To that end, Aldrete
presented a Powerpoint discussion laying out the pros and cons to four possible models of boosting economic development: Forming a business-economic advisory council; have the city hire a full-time economic development person; have the chamber hire a full-time economic development person or create an economic development corporation that is primarily backed by the private sector.
While a regional economic development corporation is the preferred model to pursue, "there are certain spokes of the wheel that are not willing to participate at this time," said Aldrete