By Clare Michal
Member Harkey recently co-hosted the first Community Coffee in Chula Vista with Councilmember Steve Miesen. District Director Jordan Marks, sat on a panel with Lisa Cohen of the Chula Vista Chamber, Cindy Gompper-Graves of the South County Economic Development Council, Luanne Hulsizer of The Third Avenue Village Association, Chula Vista Assistant Director of Development Services Eric Crockett, and Councilmember Miesen’s advisor Jason Paguio.
The Coffee began with a presentation on the new Economic Development Plan from Eric Crockett. He talked about upcoming development of housing, commercial and retail space in Chula Vista, with a focus on western Chula Vista. This beautiful part of the city has been neglected but is now undergoing a renaissance. New stores and housing are opening regularly creating many jobs and opportunities for the region.
After the presentations the over 100 attendees had a chance to ask the panel questions. Questions ranged from how the city could help fill vacant spaces to small business permitting and zoning.
Community Coffees like these are a great opportunity for Member Harkey and her staff to hear from the community about how to improve the business climate in the fourth district as well as to tell the community how we can help them run or start a small business. For future events near you, please visit Diane Harkey’s events page to register.