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.
Retired 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.