Nationally, housing costs continue to escalate faster than incomes, creating a wide spectrum of affordability and quality-of-life problems. Not only are there challenges in dealing with the problem and its supply and demand circumstances, but there are challenges in avoiding the consequences that exacerbate problems and deteriorate a community’s economic competitiveness. While many communities react […]
In partnership with Economic & Planning Systems, the California Academy for Economic Development released its economic snapshot for the fourth quarter of 2015, showcasing a new design based on feedback from a survey of CALED’s members. The snapshot includes a lead article on the rise of Innovation Centers, which presents several success factors for implementing […]
The famous Queen Mary ocean liner has been owned by the City of Long Beach since 1967. It operates as a hotel, event center, and—the City hopes—as the anchor tenant of a future mixed-use development. EPS’s recent work in preparing a market assessment, conceptual plan, and development feasibility study for the historically designated ship and […]
EPS worked with a multidisciplinary planning team to analyze market conditions in the South Valley and estimated the demand for new retail, housing, and employment uses along the corridor. EPS conducted a survey of corridor businesses to better understand local economic conditions, inventoried all retail business in the South Valley trade area, and provided a […]
EPS has completed an update to a comprehensive fiscal and economic impact model for the The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). EPS first provided this model to RMOW in 2012 and the update offers a unique perspective on how the size and characteristics of the local economy have changed over time. Specifically, EPS examined local […]
The City of Mountain View has approved a development impact fee to fund transportation, sewer and water improvements serving the North Bayshore, a high profile business park that is currently home to major high tech tenants such as Google and LinkedIn, and expected to experience over 3 million square feet of new development. EPS led a […]
The recently adopted Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA) Law – Assembly Bill 2 – added a second new tool to the “post-redevelopment” redevelopment toolkit (the first being the Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District). To help California communities determine their eligibility to establish the new Community Revitalization Investment Areas (CRIA) and invest new property tax increment […]
The California Chapter, Northern Section of the American Planning Association has selected the City of Salinas Economic Development Element to receive the Award of Excellence in the Economic Development category at the 2015 APA Awards.
A long-awaited financial study of new ways to govern Isla Vista, both modest and ambitious, was unveiled Wednesday night before a crowd of 75 people at Santa Barbara Hillel on Embarcadero del Mar.