EDC builds coalition for a brighter future

IWV Economic Development Corp. to hold membership bash Jan. 25

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

EDC builds coalition for a brighter future“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. We are building some excitement and momentum at the Economic Development Corporation, and we are looking to enlist people and corporations to partner with us.”

Scott O’Neil recounted the successes in his first year as chief executive officer of the IWVEDC and his optimism in building on that foundation.

In addition to strengthening connections with like-minded agencies, O’Neil has helped develop local revenue streams by working with the Sports Tourism Commission and spearheaded the effort to build an aquatic center — a proposal that would not only add value to local quality of life, but also potentially stand as another revenue generator.

At the end of last year, O’Neil helped facilitate the separation of the EDC — whose primary mission is economic development — from its subcommittee, the China Lake Alliance, the civilian advocacy group that protects the mission of the Navy.

Following the corporate restructuring, the EDC assembled a new board of directors, and is now looking for new members.

The agency will host its first-ever Membership Bash Thursday, Jan. 25, with a mixer at the SpringHill Suites Maturango Room. In addition to hors d-oeuvres and a no-host bar, prospective members can visit interactive stations that provide insight into the EDC’s ongoing efforts to improve opportunities for growth and development in the IWV.

“I’m also very excited to introduce our new board,” said O’Neil.

Although the EDC will be carrying over several members to ensure continuity of mission, the incoming members represent a wide variety of experiences and expertise that can help carry the EDC into the next phase.

“Every one of these individuals brings with him a proven record of success. We looked for people with experience, credentials, leadership and vision, and every one is a mover and a shaker in our community.”

O’Neil will also brief attendees on the progress and goals of the EDC.

“There will also be a social hour for people to mingle, network and build relationships,” he said.

“I know it’s not realistic, but I would love to see 100 percent involvement in ourå community. The EDC is really about building a groundswell — a wave of energy that helps us build our future.

“It’s important for people to stay connected and in touch with where we are going as a community. But more importantly, people need to have a voice and an active participation in the dialog,” said O’Neil.

“We have some long-range plans and some short-term opportunities, but we need involvement from every aspect of the community to help us creative an environment where we can all grow.”

For more information, contact the EDC at iwvedc@gmail.com or call 760-371-1338.

Pictured: Image courtesy of consultant Counsilman-Hunsaker depicts a possible recreational component of the proposed aquatic center.

Story First Published: 2018-01-12