What do you call a meeting where 10 elected officials from five different cities are in the same room meeting with all those cities’ development directors, city managers, and county representatives? Impossible. And yet, it’s happening.
Every one of the five cities in the region will be sending two city council members, a city manager or representative and development directors to meet August 30th at 10:00 in the Community Center at Temecula City Hall. The herculean effort by all 5 of the region’s city managers to get all these people in one place at one time will culminate in a collective understanding of what the EDC and the region is trying to accomplish through Regional Branding.
“This is not a rookie effort,” said EDC director, Doug McAllister. “We know we need the support of all five city councils and members to gain support for the idea of issuing a Request for Proposals that will detail how to cohesively market our corner of California and include every city in that proposal.
“We’re not asking for money,” he said. “We want everyone to understand the scope of what we’re trying to do.” The goal would be consensus on a joint Request for Proposals.
The Regional Branding initiative will be for marketing professionals as well as the general populace since this “is not an individual effort,” said McAllister. “It’s a very important and significant event. We need massive input from everyone!” The result should be a joint RFP that all the cities can support.
The meeting will be August 30, at 10:00 in the Community Center at Temecula City Hall.
For more information, call Doug at the EDC offices: 951-694-9800.
At the August meeting of the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Coalition, information regarding Interstate 15 and the progress being made to ease traffic was presented by speaker, Pat Thomas, Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Temecula. Thomas spoke to a packed room at the Economic Development Coalition Board meeting during its regularly scheduled meeting and described what Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the French Valley Interchange will look like, among other things.
His topic was, “Traffic and the I-15 Corridor.” Thomas was representing the “Move I-15 Through Temecula Valley” regional taskforce, a taskforce comprised of representatives from the five regional cities of Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, and Wildomar; from Pala, Pechanga, and county and governmental entities, such as CalTrans and Camp Pendleton.
“Our focus,” said Thomas, “is on unity and collaboration among all parties, and to work towards decision making and implementation to ease the problem of traffic on the I-15 Corridor.” He was invited to speak to the EDC board to educate Board members as to what is at stake, said EDC Director, Doug McAllister. “It’s important that government hears from the private sector to help them make good decisions.”
A report on the progress of the Temecula Parkway Interchange at I-15 noted that construction should be completed by the end of this year. The $200 million French Valley Interchange will likely begin as early as 2020, the caveat being that funding for this phase comes in part from the new gas tax implemented by the state legislature in 2017. If the ballot measure known as Proposition 6 on the November 2018 ballot is passed by a majority of voters, the gas tax will be repealed and the bulk of funding for the French Valley Interchange dissipates.
Of note was Thomas’ report that from data mining, officials now see that most of the traffic that bogs down in and around Temecula’s portion of the I-15 is actually traffic that is heading to—or coming from—cities north of Temecula. Because of cell phones and GPS capabilities, data mining companies can tell where travelers are coming from, where they are going and how often each car makes that trip for the entire length of Interstate 15.
The plans for the French Valley Interchange include adding two lanes to northbound 15, beginning at the Winchester road north onramp and a “fly-over” connector from that point to northbound 15 that will keep traffic from becoming tangled with traffic trying to head north to Interstate 215. Phase 3 will be the overpass over the freeway that will complete the French Valley on-and-off ramps and add additional lanes to the 15 in both directions.
Sticking points described by Thomas included the fact that CalTrans admitted that they do not construct “capacity enhancing projects” such as adding lanes to ease traffic. They explained that the regional partners are tasked with doing those kinds of developments. CalTrans will, however, add auxiliary lanes between exits, such as truck climbing lanes. These are dubbed, “operational improvements.”
Also, the city of Temecula did make a bid for Federal funding through a long and complicated proposal process where it was competing with cities across the States for a piece of the pie from a $200 Billion Federal allocation. Going up against behemoths such as Chicago and Los Angeles, Temecula held its own for two go-rounds before being eliminated. Thomas is not discouraged, however, and said the city will try again next year and the next, if necessary.
Other city projects related to improving the traffic on Interstate 15 include:
- Western Bypass
- Diaz Road Widening
- Overland Drive Extension and Bridge
- Butterfield Stage Road, Phase 3
- Ynez Road Widening
- Fiber Optic Communication/Traffic Signal Coordination System Upgrade
The EDC is a membership organization comprised of area businesses and corporations. “The Economic Development Coalition is a place for business leaders who want to be involved in the Region’s positive growth and influence the direction in which we are going. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, our organization addresses our Regions unique challenges, and fosters the growth and success of our local economy,” said McAllister.
For more information, please contact Doug McAllister at the EDC offices, 951-694-9800, or Pat Thomas at the City of Temecula, 951-506-6153.
Guest Speakers: Scott Agajanian
Date: March 6, 2018 • 9:00 AM
Location: 1 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562
In March we’ll be traveling to the City of Murrieta for our Board Meeting. Our speaker for the day will be Scott Agajanian, Murrieta’s Business Development Manager. He will update us on much of what the City of Murrieta is doing to enhance economic development in their city and beyond.
RSVP Required to attend for non-members.
About Our Speaker:
Scott Agajanian is the Business Development Manager for the City of Murrieta and has been in that role for 18 months, prior to that he was with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce for nearly 4 years, and prior to that he was the Group Sales Manager at Mulligan Family Fun Center since 2005. All of this just goes to explain that no other city would accept him. His hobbies include eating, napping, and jealousy and he is a lifelong fan of Donald Trump’s hairdresser. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, Brinkley the dog and a cat named Roman.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 • 9:15 am
Our guest speakers: Peter Palmer & Scott Carpenter from PKC Kuebler, APC
Location: TVE2 Building – 43200 Business Park Drive – Temecula
About our Speakers:
Pete provides high-level tax compliance, planning, research and consulting services. He also spends significant time consulting with executives and employees on the impact of changing tax laws and the legislative environment.
Scott provides tax consulting and tax compliance services to a wide range of clients, including manufacturing, contractors, distributors, real estate developers, various service providers, and captive insurance companies.
We invite Business Leaders in our region to gain insight on how you can better raise employee performance, improve leadership skills, and identify challenges in the workplace.
Jonathan Seitz is a Partner in Crestcom Southern California, a Leadership, and Development organization dedicated to delivering results through skill development. Prior to joining Crestcom, Jonathan served on the executive team of two multi-national businesses and owned and managed two successful start-ups. With over 35 years of positive impact through coaching, mentoring, and leading others to achieve, Leadership and Management Development is an extension of his passion and experience.
Brian Link is a business partner with Crestcom of Southern California. Crestcom is an internationally recognized leader in professional workplace development training offering their award winning Bullet Proof® Manager Leadership and Management training program. Mr. Link has executive management experience in the hospitality/gaming industry and is also a retired California law enforcement officer having served over twenty years in varies roles in law enforcement functions from patrolman to management. Mr. Link has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master of Arts degree in Business Management. Mr. Link has extensive experience in facilitating and teaching before professional audiences. His philosophy is, “If a good leader can foster positive influence, build trust, develop credibility and command respect. Imagine what a bad leader could do.”
The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest California will hold its first State of the Region—Valley of Innovation on April 27, 2017. This important business and industry conference will be held at the Lake Elsinore Diamond.
This year the EDC will introduce the completely re-branded “Valley of Innovation” and discuss the advancements the region has made in business partnerships, the communities, culture, commerce and in making it easier for businesses to locate in here. The EDC’s interests cover the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Menifee and the portions of the county of Riverside.
When asked why anyone should attend this event, Doug McAllister, the Coalition’s Executive Director said, “The purpose of this initiative is to provide a defensible answer to the question: ‘Why is our region the best region in California in which to do business?’
At SOAR’s Phase One in April we are going to familiarize ourselves with what is available in this area so we can introduce our region to the world in October. In April, we will show how our region is coalescing, making us the best place in California from which to access the world’s 6th largest economy.”
The 2017 State of The Region: Valley of Innovation Conference is being held on April 27, from 11:00 to 1:30 at The Diamond Club, located at the Lake Elsinore Stadium.
The event will feature a presentation from Mr. McAllister addressing the question of how to maximize opportunities and meet the challenges of a region that is expected to add four million people over the next ten years. This highly anticipated event brings together state and local elected officials, CEOs, business and civic leaders, transportation and environmental stakeholders, local government staff and others.
Also premiering at the event is the 2017 SOAR Awards for Innovation, recognizing exemplary businesses and government innovation in the region. To attend and learn why our region can legitimately claim to be the future of California, register today at www.edcswca.com. Please see the website to apply for one of the Innovation Awards. For more information, call the EDC at 951.694.9800.