City-owned building housing the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Conference and Visitors Bureau

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.

Watch a video about the plan

Download the city’s Economic Sustainability Plan

Meet the Manager


Jeff Kolin

Retired City Manager
Jeff Kolin was city manager of Beverly Hills from January 2010 to February 2015. 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.