James Sly, East County Economic Development Council, joins hospital construction monitoring citizens group

James Sly, vice president and chief operations officer of the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), has joined the volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from the $247 million, voter-approved 2006 Proposition G bond measure. The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, recently approved the appointment of Sly to the ICBOC.

Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor, the Taxpayers Association, and healthcare. Based on his experience in a senior-level decision-making position, Sly will serve on the ICBOC as a project management representative.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve,” said Sly, a Santee resident. “I’m passionate about connecting partners in order to find the nexus between a problem and solution and I’m always looking for more efficient ways to accomplish our work and improve outcomes. I look forward to working with the committee for the benefit of taxpayers and our community.”

Sly has 11 years of experience in project management and consulting. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from San Diego State University and leadership certificates from the San Diego Public Leadership Institute and Harvard Business School.

 He joined the ECEDC in 2012 as a program manager tasked with helping the Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency fine-tune their procurement systems to make solicitations more attractive to U.S.-based manufacturers. After leading the development of a new supply chain software solution, he expanded his attention to other ECEDC projects, including the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline, the Connectory business database and the “Aerotropolis,” the name given to an urban planning and economic development effort for the property surrounding the county-operated Gillespie Field airport.

 Prior to joining the ECEDC, Sly worked as a management consultant, servicing startup and mid-size businesses throughout San Diego’s private sector, and as a workforce consultant for the One-Stop Career Center Network and San Diego’s CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work and Refugee Resettlement programs.

 Founded in 1984, the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) is a regional non-profit, business-growth organization dedicated to promoting a healthy economic climate and enhanced quality of life in San Diego’s East County region.

 The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in the East Region. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD now leases operations to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership, and continues to own the hospital on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego‘s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.

 

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