May 22nd and 24th
The Mt. Shasta Community Economic Development Activities Committee (CEDAC) will be conducting a Business Outreach Walk on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning, May 22nd and 24th of this week. City Manager, Ted Marconi, says the City Council has made economic development one of its priorities for the upcoming year, and this is an idea that has been in the works for some time.
The Community Economic Development Activities Committee is made up of five organizations that partner with the City to provide various services to businesses in the area from start-ups to well established firms. The five are the Chamber of Commerce which works to promote the community and reach out to visitors, Great Northern Corporation which operates a specialized loan program with the City, Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI) which provides business training and technical assistance, Siskiyou County Economic Development Council which administers Enterprise Zone benefits and myriad other resources, and Siskiyou Training and Employment Program which can help with recruiting and workforce development. In addition there are two other community representatives and a City Council member on the Committee.
In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Mt. Shasta City Council members, and other employees of the CEDAC organizations, the CEDAC Committee will be trying to visit all of the businesses in the downtown core along Mt. Shasta Boulevard to engage business owners and managers. Marconi said “Small groups of two or three people will be visiting and asking four simple questions to try and gauge the current state of the business community and what types of assistance the City can help in providing to them.” “If all goes well, the Business Outreach Walk can be expanded to try to reach the rest of the businesses in Mt. Shasta,” Marconi continued.
Anyone who will not be available on the scheduled days or who conducts business outside of the downtown area, and wishes additional information may contact Deputy City Clerk Sandra Studer, or City Manager Ted Marconi at City Hall, 305 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, 926-7510.