Irvine City Management Addresses Packed House at January Economic Vitality Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Irvine’s city management team provided an update on its plans for the upcoming year to a packed house during the Greater Irvine Chamber’s January Economic Vitality Council (EVC) meeting.

“Irvine is a city of tremendous ambition. It was born of ambition. Irvine has a great past and an even greater future ahead of it,” Irvine City Manager John Russo said to more than 60 business and community leaders that attended the meeting.

Among other topics, Russo discussed plans and progress at the Orange County Great Park.

Maryanna Marisheva, assistant city manager, provided details of Irvine’s newly approved two-year budget. Pete Carmichael, director of community development, presented an overview of the city’s General Plan, Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel discussed the force’s philosophy of community policing that have help maintain Irvine’s ranking as America’s safest city of its size for 13 consecutive years, and Mark Linsenmayer, director of transportation, discussed key capital projects for the city.

“Our Chamber members are very engaged in the work that keeps Irvine one of the top cities in the U.S. So it was a great opportunity for them to connect directly with such a talented and professional city management team and further our partnership,” said Linda DiMario, executive vice president, Greater Irvine Chamber

Speaking of the Greater Irvine Chamber, Russo said, “As long as I’ve been involved with city governments, I haven’t had such a good partnership as we have with this Chamber of Commerce.”

The EVC meets biannually to share with Chamber membership and the community details of progress made by the council’s committees and task forces.

The Economic Vitality Council is the umbrella organization under which all Chamber-driven economic development work is conducted. It includes the Business and Workforce Development and International Development committees and several project-driven task forces. The EVC works to enhance the greater Irvine business environment, help businesses grow and expand, attract new businesses, and encourage collaboration that builds Irvine’s reputation and encourages startup enterprises. The Chamber's economic development work, committees, and task forces attract and engage talent and expertise from the business and education communities and government and non-profit organizations as well as Chamber members. Funding for the Chamber's economic development work is made possible by the Hotel Improvement District's (HID) voluntary assessment on sold rooms.

For more information and to become involved, contact Pepper Russell.

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