Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vacaville ‘perfectly positioned’ for Bay Area firms looking to relocate

Vacaville ‘perfectly positioned’ for Bay Area firms looking to relocate

By Ryan McCarthy From page A4 | April 27, 2017

VACAVILLE — The city is perfectly positioned to attract companies hit by high costs of living in the Bay Area, the economic development manager for Vacaville was told by chief executive officers for Bay Area firms.

Don Burrus spoke about the CEOs detailing the expenses of the Bay Area and telling him that north of Vacaville is too far for many firms to relocate.

“Vacaville is about the limit,” Burrus said.

He spoke as part of a report Tuesday to the City Council about Vacaville helping to pay for the new Moving Solano Forward effort of the Solano Economic Development Corporation.

The proposed budget the council takes up in May is expected to include details about Vacaville’s share.

Fairfield City Council members meeting March 21 directed the staff to increase the city’s yearly $10,000 payment to $45,000 for the Moving Solano Forward campaign to boost economic development.

Funding from cities for Moving Solano Forward is based on population.

Mayor Len Augustine said Bay Area businesses often jump over the city when looking for new sites and decide on locations in Sacramento County.

Development manager Burrus cited the aggressive business development associations in Sacramento and Silicon Valley and said Solano County needs to tell companies about the benefits of this region.

“Boasting is exactly what we need to do,” he said.

Burrus said of Vacaville that, “We don’t do a very good job of telling our story.”

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