Oxnard EDCO funding approved, but future uncertain

... Organization receives financial and moral support from city, public

By George Miller

EDCOLogoEDCO (Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard) was founded two decades ago as a private/public company to promote and facilitate industrial development, expansion and retention in Oxnard. In recent years, funding from the city has tapered off to around $150 thousand (approved last week) for this fiscal year. This is because the city is financially stressed, because the it wants EDCO to become more self-supporting and because it wants to transition the former Redevelopment Agency into an economic development agency. It was left unclear what the division of responsibilities between the two organizations would be or even if they would both continue.

In previous meetings, there was smuch discussion about EDCO pro’s and con’s, with few people saying it wasn’t worth it, but the vast majority of speakers and City Council members strongly pro-EDCO. Numerous business people came to meetings to speak up  for EDCO and its CEO Elizabeth, saying that they had been helped and EDCO should continue to be supported, in a manner which seemed to be organized. But in any case, many presented specific cases and incidents which reflected favorably upon EDCO.

A question came up as to whether EDCO was also subject to performance-based budgeting and whether it had quantifiable, measurable performance-based objectives.  We did not hear an affirmative response to that question, but staff and councilmembers seemed to be in favor of that. The money was voted without objectives or a resolution to create them in the motion voted on.

 

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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.
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