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Agreement with BEDC on agenda

April 01, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — In a move to maintain the forward momentum of this city's economic development, the City Council here Tuesday will consider formalizing an agreement with the Brawley Economic Development Commission.

Sitting as the city Redevelopment Agency board, the council is expected to sign an agreement to provide $20,000 to the BEDC, which works to promote the city.

As part of the agreement, the city would establish that the BEDC will officially serve as the city's marketing and promotion body. The city would utilize the BEDC rather than hiring a city staffer to perform such tasks.

Tuesday's meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 225 A St.

In a previous meeting, the council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency board, agreed to provide the $20,000 to the BEDC but an agreement had to be drafted.


The agreement comes months after the BEDC, an arm of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, hired its own director. Before that, the Brawley chamber and the BEDC had one director working for both.

Tim Kelley was hired as the director of the BEDC and Nicole Gilles was named director of the chamber.

Whereas the Brawley chamber is assigned the task of promoting businesses that already exist, the BEDC's duties involve trying to bring in new business through promotional efforts.

Santillan said as part of the agreement with the BEDC, officials with that agency will attend trade shows and develop events in the area, among other actions.

Santillan said the city is seeing a period of growth and if the trend continues city officials may need to consider hiring an economic development staffer whose sole role will be to manage growth and bring development. He said even if such a position is created, the city likely would continue to work with the BEDC.

In recent months the city has seen the opening of the beef-processing plant, which created 600 jobs, and plans to develop a San Diego State University campus in North County.

New housing projects are in development along with the Gateway project along Highway 86 that calls for building commercial and entertainment facilities in the southern section of the city.

Santillan added a pipe manufacturing plant is coming to the city that will create 75 jobs.

Santillan said companies that would process the Brawley Beef product have been in contact with the city and could consider opening plants in the area.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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