Economic Strategy

The County of San Luis Obispo works with the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) to implement its Economic Strategy.

The County's Economic Strategy Project was established in 2009 by the San Luis Obispo Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) in partnership with the County and the local business community.

The project was the first-ever public/private partnership to perform an in-depth assessment and develop an economic strategic plan for the San Luis Obispo County region. The project was published and endorsed by the County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in 2010 and supported by both the private and public sectors. The EVC has been overseeing the implementation of the Project and completed a formal update to the Economic Strategy in 2015, also endorsed by the BOS.

Guided by the original, endorsed strategy, the Project involves six business clusters, the facilitation of enhanced communication between local governments and private industry, and collaborative approach to implement a variety of economic initiatives. To date, one of the greatest accomplishments is the update to the County of San Luis Obispo’s Economic Element of its General Plan.
 
For more in-depth descriptions of the industry clusters, strategic initiatives, the impacts of this Project, please see the following reports.

Initiatives

WORKFORCE HOUSING

In San Luis Obispo County, finding affordable housing is a long-standing challenge faced by those with low, moderate and even above-moderate income levels. Led by industry leaders of all six business clusters, the Workforce Housing Initiative is designed to foster collaboration between the public and private sector to drive housing solutions in our county.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure planning, financing, and prioritization are all challenging issues that the region of of San Luis Obispo County faces similar to other counties in California. Led by members of the Building, Design and Construction Cluster, the Infrastructure Subcommittee is designed to address the challenges by providing a venue for collaboration on government policies.

BROADBAND

As part of this initiative, the Broadband Consortium assesses broadband assets and opportunities, educates policymakers on the benefits of forward-thinking policies, and provides support to expedite major, cost-effective, and strategic broadband infrastructure projects.

AIR SERVICE

The EVC collaborates with the County, the airport and key business leaders from clusters such as Knowledge and Innovation and Uniquely SLO to attract additional service options.