The City of Arvin is currently positioned for significant economic development opportunity. It has the political will and focused leadership needed at City Hall to catalyze growth. The support of informed community stakeholders needed to neutralize critics and skeptics. And now with this document, the City of Arvin has a roadmap for economic development that was developed with community input, reflects alignment with goals at City Hall, and whose progress will be monitored by all involved in helping create it.
There are four components to the Arvin Economic Development Strategy (EDS): Community and Economic Development, Industrial Development, Commercial Development, and Tourism. There are timelines for implementation attributed to each recommended step within each component area. Timelines and parties responsible for implementing each recommended step were determined by members of the Arvin Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee with input from City of Arvin staff.
There are eight recommended steps within the Community and Economic Development component of the Arvin EDS. Some address topics that influence quality of life such as around-the-clock health care, affordable housing, and educational opportunities. The majority of recommended steps, however, address action that can be taken to make the community more appealing to prospective businesses.
The Industrial Development component of the Arvin EDS consists of six recommended implementation steps. The first and second steps emphasize the importance of established businesses within the community. The second through fifth steps suggest proactive measures that can be implemented to attract additional industry to the community. The sixth and final step highlights the importance of utilizing existing resources available to complement the community’s individual efforts.
The largest of the Arvin EDS components, Commercial Development, consists of ten recommended steps. Many of these steps represent proactive measures that can be taken to promote the community as a destination for additional businesses, ensuring, among other things, that the necessary land and infrastructure is available. Other steps, however, underline the importance of collaboration among community stakeholder groups to standardize the aesthetics and development of specific commercial districts (i.e. Bear Mountain Boulevard).
The Tourism Development component of the Arvin EDS consists of five recommended steps and two additional recommendations within the third step. The development of a farmers market is one recommended step. Establishing a hub for community activities is another. Identifying an optimal property, developing a hotel on it, and collecting Transit Occupancy Tax are critical steps to capitalizing on the community’s tourism potential. Most importantly though, is giving tourists a reason to visit the community. Highlighting Arvin’s rich history, traditions, and natural beauties are the ingredients to bringing travelers and their dollars to the community.