Beverly Hills, California
In 2009, the city of Beverly Hills embarked on a strategic effort to strengthen its economic base by developing a five-year Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan prioritizes projects based on those that show the greatest promise for enhancing city revenue.
City Manager Jeff Kolin created a workgroup to gather input from the city council, city departments, and key groups in the community.
Key projects that have resulted from the city council’s adoption of the plan include:
- a three-story city-owned building that houses the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Conference and Visitors Bureau, along with a state-of-the-art visitor center
- a parking garage that uses smart, environmentally friendly technology
- a city-owned office building that achieved a LEED silver rating and is the first public building in the city with rooftop solar panels
- a signage program that makes it easier to navigate the city and locate parking structures
During their annual priority-setting session, Kolin and Assistant City Manager Mahdi Aluzri ensure that the city council uses the plan as one of its four criteria to determine allocations for key projects.
Meet the Manager
Jeff KolinCity Manager
Jeff Kolin has been city manager of Beverly Hills since January 2010. Previously, he was city manager of Santa Rosa and Pittsburg and deputy city manager of Santa Clarita (all in California). Kolin is a member of the board of directors of the League of California Cities, a vice president of the California City Managers’ Foundation, and an ICMA Credentialed Manager. He has both a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology from Cal State Long Beach.