Consultant Gives Temple City the Facts to Attract Businesses

The Buxton Company recently finished a retail analysis of the City.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published June 3, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY)

City Manager Jose Pulido and the City Council are pleased now that The Buxton Company, an economic development consultant, has completed the analysis of Temple City’s residential and business communities.

“It’s kind of an exciting time for Temple City,” Pulido said during the July 6, 2010 city council meeting. “We actually have found out some good information that the community is going to be really happy to look at.”

The Buxton Company recently sent Lisa Hill, the vice-president of the CommunityID division, to present what it has done for Temple City since the consultant was awarded a $60,000 contract in February.

Pulido, who took over City Hall in October 2009, called the analysis “very comprehensive.”

Since February, the Texas-based consultant has worked with the city manager and City Hall staff to provide a retail development strategy for Temple City.

With the analysis now given to City Hall, the consultant asked the City Council to select 20 retail businesses that they would like to bring into the City.

During the city council meeting, the City Council decided to each select 20 retail businesses from a list given by the consultant.

Councilman Vincent Yu then suggested the creation of an ad hoc committee, composed of two council members, to discuss and narrow down the choices.

Mayor Fernando Vizcarra, who expressed interest in serving on the committee, appointed Yu and Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist to the ad hoc committee.

Vizcarra sought to serve as an alternate member, but City Attorney Eric Vail counseled against the idea.

Councilman Carl Blum also suggested including a member of the Temple City Chamber of Commerce.

A resident suggested including interested members of the public.

The ad hoc committee would decide on who to include, Mayor Vizcarra said.

Appointed to the City Council in March, Blum said, “I am pleased that we are moving in the right direction and there’s still a lot of work to do.”

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