The City of Racine Common Council as part of the 2017 budget will consider adding an economic development specialist to the development department.
City Development Director Amy Connolly this week presented her proposed department budget for next year, and she included the new economic development position, in part, to combat complaints about customer service and response times, a story in The Journal Times reads.
She also thinks the city needs someone who can better focus on recruiting and retaining businesses.
“We have an amazing team of professionals in city development who are committed to the city and are truly excellent at their job,” Connolly is quoted. “Because of under-staffing, we had complaints about customer service and response times. We also heard about development and small businesses that were passing us by because there was no one who had time to recruit and maintain businesses.”
The city, like its neighbors in Caledonia, Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant, contracts with the Racine County Economic Development Corporation to help determine development needs and attract businesses to fill those gaps. Connolly told council members a new staff member wouldn’t overlap because their focus would be on smaller companies, the story continues.
“Our contract with RCEDC is focused primarily on larger business,” she said. “This is a staff person that is in our department and will be working with our department’s leaders to help shepherd small businesses through our development processes.”