Our Guest Speaker
Mayor Bill Wells
The relationship between local government and businesses is crucial for the economic development of a region. Local governments often offer incentives, such as tax breaks or infrastructure improvements, to attract and retain businesses within their jurisdiction. They may also provide resources and support to help businesses navigate the regulatory and permitting process. In return, businesses contribute to the local economy through job creation, increased tax revenue, and the provision of goods and services. However, this relationship can also be complex, as businesses may push back against government regulations or seek to influence policy decisions that affect their bottom line.
At the same time, local governments have a responsibility to ensure that businesses operate in a way that is safe and equitable for their employees, customers, and the broader community. This can include enforcing zoning laws, building codes, and labor standards. Additionally, local governments may work with businesses to promote sustainable practices and encourage corporate social responsibility. Finding a balance between supporting economic growth and safeguarding public interests can be a delicate balancing act, and requires ongoing communication and collaboration between local government and businesses. Our guest speaker this week, Mayor Bill Wells, will talk about how the City of El Cajon is working alongside local business owners to produce an unprecedented environment for economic prosperity in the region.
The format of this course will consist of an approximately 20 minute lecture followed by a Q&A session lasting approximately 5 minutes. Although we model the new EFC format after collegiate courses, we respectfully ask all in attendance to refrain from asking questions during the lecture portion so as to give the speaker(s) ample time to get through the material.
Refreshments are generously provided each week by Arlene Arreola. Donations to help cover the costs are accepted. Additional refreshments will be available for purchase downstairs at the Skyline Café after class. We ask that you exercise good stewardship and help us keep the facility in good order by cleaning up after yourself.
Once the class is officially dismissed, we encourage ongoing information exchange and networking. If you have any questions that did not get answered in class, please email them to us and we’ll either incorporate the responses into a future session or email you back directly.
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