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Economic Development Element (EDE)

In June 2014, the Salinas City Council accepted the Draft Economic Development Element (EDE). The EDE, as a comprehensive, strategic planning document, provides the vision, context, and focus for the community’s economic development efforts. The EDE deals in depth with how Salinas can realize the vision of an economy that is prosperous, healthy, and environmentally sustainable: a vision summarized in the phrase Safety, Jobs and Health. To realize that vision the EDE recommends 17 goals, 8 strategies/topic areas, 97 policies and 337 actions, which are based on three strategic foci: (1) Workforce and Education, (2) Land Use and (3) Quality of Life and Public Services. These foci are designed to support synergistic policy-making, so that decisions made in each realm reinforce those made in the others. The intersection of these three focus areas identify important potential outcomes relevant to the future economic prosperity of Salinas, and stem from public and private investments in workforce education and training, commercial and industrial development, and public services and infrastructure; essentially forming a vision for economic prosperity as evidenced in safety, jobs and health. The EDE is to guide future decisions of the City Council and the community in all aspect of City policy and budgeting to proactively promote responsible economic development to achieve this vision. The figure below is a diagram of the vision foci which guided the preparation of the Draft ED Element and emerged from the early stages of the EDE’s extensive Community Outreach Program.
 
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The next step is for the draft EDE to be adopted as part of the City’s General Plan including the certification of a programmatic EIR and corresponding General Plan Amendments.  Technical studies, reports and a public review draft EIR are currently being prepared.  It is anticipated that draft documents will be released for public review late 2016.  The City Council will consider the EDE for adoption early 2017.  

Draft EDE Documents

Notice of Preparation of Draft Program EIR for EDE

EDE Implementation Updates

      May 3, 2016 City Council Update

 


Contact:
Lisa Brinton
Project Manager - Economic Development Element
Gerente del Proyecto – Elemento de Desarrollo Económico
Community & Economic Development Department
City of Salinas
65 W. Alisal Street 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
office / oficina 831 758-7206
direct/ directa 831 775-4239
Email Lisa Brinton