The Economic Development Department plans, coordinates, promotes and manages the City's economic development program to encourage economic growth. Efforts include public and private development projects, business outreach, recruitment and retention; and marketing programs and related duties in support of these activities. Specifically, the Department focuses on envisioning, coordinating and implementing comprehensive development projects that will have a significant and positive impact upon the City in the form of an increased sales or City tax, increased property values, community beautification and an improved quality of life in the community. Housing and Grants, and Public Affairs are also components of the department. In addition, the Department provides staff assistance to the City Council, Planning Commission, Successor Agency to the Dissolved Bellflower Redevelopment Agency, Oversight Board for Dissolved Bellflower Redevelopment Agency, and the Temporary Utility Users Tax Oversight Board.
The City’s Economic Development Department functions include:
Create and manage incentive programs offered to area businesses
Housing programs management
Assistance with business social media accounts i.e. FB, Twitter, Yelp, Google, LinkedIn
Meet the owners of Bellflower's newest restaurant Slice & Savor
Above: Slice & Savor, a new fast-casual sandwich shop run by the Sosas. Their experience in working at high-end dining brings a unique twist to the ordinary sandwich. Their menu includes breakfast and lunch items. Slice & Savor is located at 9840 Flower St., directly across from the Post Office. Slice & Savor https://www.sliceandsavor.com/
Every month, the City of Bellflower highlights a local business in the E-Citizen Newsletter and produces a short video for Bellflower’s YouTube Channel, City website and cable channel 36 to showcase local businesses. Small business owners can participate at no-cost and will be interviewed by city staff. To nominate your business, call the Economic Development at (562) 804-1424 ext 2010 or email Annika Miyashiro-Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles County is now looking to expand it's partnerships to include 88 cities located within its boundaries and has introduced a new economic development services resource. Accessible through the economic development website, the County recently launched as expanded site selector tool that utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to link new or growing businesses with investment opportunities throughout the County.