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Redevelopment Happening Without Redevelopment Agencies



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
In Marysville, the City Council approved $100,000 this week for consultants to study five key areas within the city.  City Manager Walter Muncheimer  says the need for redevelopment extends beyond the effects of the recession, "Even when the business cycle turns around and we're in normal economic times, the city's economic base has progressively shrunk."
 
Muncheimer says the city has to do something, "Raise the standard of living, provide employment for our residents, raise the levels of service for police, parks, fire -all the essential services- there was no prospect of us being able to do that by relying on a declining economy."
 
Down Highway 65, Roseville Assistant City Manager John Sprague says its re-invented redevelopment plan started shortly before Governor Jerry Brown eliminated redevelopment agencies two years ago, "We have been able to begin assembling property in our downtown area.  We are re-tenanting and improving the buildings."
 
Sprague says efforts to spruce up more than 80 buildings have helped lure one large employer and several small businesses to the city within the past year, 
"We're seeing these efforts -Advantage Roseville, the development's corporations efforts to continue revitalization is starting to attract the private investment that we're looking for and the jobs that come with it."
 
The state of California saved $2.1 billion dollars this fiscal year by eliminating redevelopment agencies and expects to save $1 billion next year.
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