Irvine City Council – Leadership in Economic Development
City of Irvine
The Irvine City Council has served as a committed and consistent advocate for economic development. The Irvine City Council considers economic development not only a program, but a philosophy of flexibility, problem-solving and responsiveness. It understands that a vibrant, diverse economy contributes to Irvine’s high quality of life; and vice versa. The City Council identified priorities and projects to build strategic relationships with business leaders, facilitate business assistance, develop in-house knowledge and foster effective efforts of industry groups. One of the Irvine City Council’s five enduring goals has been to “promote economic prosperity.” The City Council developed an economic development strategy with four priorities: 1) promote Irvine’s business advantage with consistent messaging; 2) retain viable businesses; 3) stimulate development in the Irvine Business Complex; and 4) promote tourism to enhance the local economy.
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell
County of Orange
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell is a visionary in the renewable energy and economic development fields. He has led the efforts to move the County of Orange, a county of over three million residents and numerous high-powered businesses, to becoming a leader in renewable energy. The Supervisor’s vision was for renewable energy to be available to any interested property owner. He views renewable energy as good for business, as a way to reduce costs and to protect the environment. As a result, Supervisor Campbell has championed solar energy for the residential, commercial and government sectors of Orange County. In the waste management context, Supervisor Campbell has applied his passion for renewable energy, economic development and energy conservation to Orange County’s landfill operations as well.