Chico, like most cities in California, was hard hit by the recession. Golden Valley Bank estimates it could take another nine years to reach the economic levels of 2007!
The need for focused, concerted and collaborative effort to deliver direct services to businesses which would result in economic growth was answered through a unique collaborative of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, 3CORE, Alliance for Workforce Development Inc. (AFWD), Butte-Glenn Community College District, California State University, Chico (CSU Chico), the City of Chico, and Downtown Chico Business Association (DCBA).
With a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Team Chico launched an aggressive, multiple phase initiative to outreach to businesses, deliver a comprehensive resource directory of services available to businesses, identify specific business needs and begin address needs and issues of key industry sectors.
Team Chico’s first year had incredible results – outreach to over 500 businesses, 10 expansions and three new locations, 1,315 job placements, four emerging “seed-funded project through a new Business Vitality Seed Fund, $2.35 in non-traditional financing of loans and grants, and an economic impact of $31.3 million to the local economy (see Annual Report). A spin-off benefit, seven other business-related organizations and the Young Professional Organization have joined the effort.
Our 2015-2016 year has keep with the momentun, from year one, producing outstanding results - outreach to over 1,200 businesses, 10 employement areas covered, 11 Community Safety Meetings hosted, and 316 hours spent walking and visiting local businesses. These business walks increased in size during the 2015-2016 year to include Ambassadors of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and department heads from the City of Chico.
The Team continues to build upon its existing programs while innovating new activities, data collection, and sector strategies to meet the changing needs of the City and the business community. Always adaptive, the Team plans to maintain much of its current programming, while adding new features in the 2016-2017 year including the potential production of a video, the use of improved technology, and an expansion on the business walk effort to include quarterly industry walks and property owner convenings.
Upcoming Retail Watch Meetings
Calling all retailers in Chico! Join the Chico Police Department at monthly Retail Watch meetings to help decrease shoplifting in Chico. Get acquainted with the Chico PD, hear recommendations for decreasing theft, swap information with fellow retailers on preventative measures, and pass along best practices, tips, and tools. Share this invitation with local and regional retail teams and with neighboring retail businesses. Retail owners, managers, employees, and loss prevention personnel are encouraged to attend.
Meetings will be held on the following Mondays in 2018 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Oxford Suites located at 2035 Business Lane in Chico:
June 18th | July 30th | August 27th | September 24th | October 29th | November 26th | December 17th
Police Community Advisory Board
Below you can find the PCAB (Police Community Advisory Board) dates for the Chief of Police 2018 Campaign for the “Year of Accountability & Compassion”:
- Monday, September 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at CSU Chico (Location TBD) - Topic: Community Court - Part II
- Monday, November 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Old Municipal Building - Topic: Tools for Giving (Chico Holidays Together)