EC2: The Collaborative to air on CCTV
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Mayor Romick and Staff attended the “EC²: The Collaborative” event at the Antioch Community Center. The event was the culmination of a year-long planning process that included the Cities, County, Chambers, and Special Districts in East Contra Costa County.
The goals and objectives of The Collaborative is to:
- Create an environment for positive Regional Collaboration
- Create enthusiasm and passion for the work of EC²: The Collaborative
- Compile a comprehensive prioritized list of 10 future outcome measures of change
- Identify overlooked Cluster opportunities
- Develop the foundation for a strategy to support the growth and vitality of East Contra Costa
Alex Schafran, a doctoral candidate in the Department of City Planning and Regional Planning at the UC Berkeley opened the symposium and touched on the importance of regional collaboration among East Contra Costa to increase and promote the economic vitality of the region. Dr. Sean Wright followed by providing the audience with background and the history of EC² and the group’s future objectives. Rich Seithel, Chief of Annexations and Economic Stimulus Programs for Contra Costa County provided a virtual tour of the community assets that our region boast. Mr. Seithel also commented that one of our region’s strongest assets is the amount of available, developable land and our access to deep-water ports and rail. Gary Craft, the founder and principal of Craft Consulting Group, followed with a discussion regarding site selection criteria that businesses use, citing quality of life, skilled workforce, and ICT (information communication technology) infrastructure as important assets in attracting companies to the region. Mr. Craft also talked about the region’s cluster industries: Advanced manufacturing, energy, clean energy, and
agribusiness (i.e. food processing and Ag tourism) and how these sectors could be the economic drivers that would increase the economic vitality of the area.
Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority
provided an overview on improvements to Highway 4 and the addition of e-BART to the transportation system in East Contra Costa. Mr. Iwasaki’s presentation also focused on the relationship between modern infrastructure that provides efficient and safe transportation and how that can lead to increased commerce, trade, and job creation. Rounding out the program was Gary Darling, General Manager for the Delta Diablo Sanitation District. Mr. Darling provided an overview on the innovation that is occurring in East Contra Costa that is preparing the future of clean water and energy in the region.
“The EC2: The Collaborative” will air on CCTV on Tuesday, October 16th at 9pm and Wednesday, October 17th at 10 am. CCTV is Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32, and AT&T U-verse channel 99. For additional air dates, please visit CCTV’s program guide at www.contracostatv.org
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