The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting, work session and public hearing on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Members attending were Marcia Joseph, Bill Edgerton, Thomas Loach, Linda Porterfield and Calvin Morris, Chairman. Commissioners absent were Eric Strucko and Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman. Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent.
Other officials present were David Benish, Chief of Planning; Susan Stimart, Business Development Facilitator; Joan McDowell, Principal Planner; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Amelia McCulley, Director of Current Development and Zoning and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.
Call to Order and Establish Quorum:
Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. and established a quorum.
Economic Development Policy (Workforce Strategies) (David Benish/Susan Stimart)
In summary, the Planning Commission held a work session on the Economic Development Policy to discuss in greater detail the workforce data, programmatic opportunities for addressing workforce needs and possible changes to the Policy’s “Objective VI – Provide Workforce Development Opportunity.” The Commission agreed at their April 29, 2008 work session to focus on priority strategies for improving workforce development and helping to foster career-ladder jobs. Susan Stimart presented a power-point presentation concerning employment trends, poverty data, median income data and suggested revisions to the Economic Development Policy’s strategies under Objective VI. The Planning Commission held a discussion and provided comments and suggestions. No formal action was taken. Public comment was taken.
The Planning Commission proposed the following changes to the suggested revisions to the Economic Development Policy:
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