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Community asked to help plan Truckee's economic future

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town is seeking input on several proposed economic development programs aimed at fostering a healthy, year-round economy.

“It’s very important that the community weigh in on these programs, as they — residents, business owners, developers — will be the ones utilizing the programs, and making a tangible difference in our town,” said John McLaughlin, community development director for the town of Truckee.

Some of the 10 programs under consideration are:

Create public/private partnerships to construct streetscape upgrades and improve pedestrian access. Potential project areas include Donner Pass Road and Bridge, West River and Jibboom streets.

Use partnerships to acquire riverfront property for public use, while encouraging cleanup and redevelopment of private portions of such properties.

Foster partnerships to support special events such as human-powered races, festivals and youth sports tournaments that highlight Truckee as a destination.

Input is being collected through an online survey. As of Tuesday, initial results show “good support” for the streetscape partnership and riverfront redevelopment programs, among others, McLaughlin said.

Survey results will be presented at a public workshop Tuesday at town hall, where council members are expected to give direction to staff on the programs.

Staff hopes to bring the matter back to the council for approval either in December or January, McLaughlin said.

Town council earmarked $2.75 million for economic development programs, available during the 2013-14 budget year and possibly the next budget year. This funding comes from remaining Redevelopment Agency funds and designated general fund dollars.

Over the years, the town has implemented several projects — such as downtown streetscape improvements and a first-time homeowners loan assistance program — with success, McLaughlin said.

“We’re hoping to see these (proposed) programs lead to greater job creation; enhancement of our current commercial areas; improvements to the Truckee River; additional support to our historic downtown; and greater recognition of Truckee as a desirable place to work, live and play,” he said.

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