East County EDC’s core goal is to encourage economic wealth in the East County region. We do this by bringing together numerous organizations and community leaders, forming committees with a specific focus. All East County EDC members have access to committees and forums with a particular focus to give their valuable input and have direct contact with the region’s leaders. Active committees include:
Business Outreach Committee
The BOC consists of local bank investors who meet to discuss outreach to companies, review opportunities for economic, affordable housing, community investment in cities and communities, and to learn about programs/packages the investor organization may want to share with small businesses and their customers.
Gillespie Field Commitee
The East County EDC established the Gillespie Field Committee with representatives from the county of San Diego Airport, SANDAG, CalTrans, the Gillespie Field Development Council, the cities of El Cajon and Santee, the County of San Diego, and other interested individuals and organizations to focus on long range planning for the future development of this regional resource. We are actively looking at redevelopment on and around the airport, and encouraging aviation-related, high valued-added jobs for this critical asset.
Skilled Workforce Development Committee
The East County EDC and educators lead this effort to foster partnerships that connect and support high academic standards and the needs of the workplace. Because the East County EDC recognizes that developing a well-educated and well-trained workforce requires deliberate and continuous effort, we bring high schools, community colleges, universities, and business communities together to build a vital workforce by sharing information and resources. Cooperation and collaboration help identify required workplace skills, link students with the appropriate educational programs, and streamline the entire process from education to employment.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Commitee
The East County EDC has partnered with the South County EDC to create a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Task Force designed to improve the prosperity of our businesses and residents. As part of the CEDS, our action plan is to collaboratively support, integrate, and expand business development and entrepreneurship, education and workforce development, infrastructure development, and quality of life in the CEDS area. A CEDS is required to qualify for Economic Development Administration (EDA) assistance under its public works, economic adjustment, and most planning programs, and is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD). The EDA has approved our CEDS submission.