Tonight at the City Council there is an agenda item about an Economic Development Strategic Plan because we want to encourage jobs to come to Alameda, but when it comes to paving the way for industries that support the businesses that we want we don’t do that good of a job to make sure those businesses are welcome.
The strategy background report is an interesting one, it’s very readable and divvied up into sections like “threats” and “opportunities.” It’s worth a read if you’re interested in those kinds of things.
But, just as an aside, here’s one thing that this City Council can do to say that it’s committed to economic development: they can approve the Bladium parcel map application and the Williams Sonoma warehouse lease.
With the unpredictability of some of the members of this City Council (coughtrishspencercough) it’s not clear that either of these agenda items will get a unanimous vote. After all someone did vote against the Maker Space agenda item even though, as pointed out by the background report, makers love Alameda because of its funky reputation.
Here’s one takeaway that was listed under “threats” which I’m not sure if the majority of this City Council actually (1) understand or (2) believes that there is a nexus.