Revitalization Plan

Revitalization Plan

5 Pillars for Change

 View the Updated and Final Version of the Community Revitalization Plan.

For economic change to happen in Lake Havasu City it is essential all five Pillars be implemented. Our current economic path needs to change for us to have a healthy economic future, see 2007-2014 Economic Scan for our current situation.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION

The cornerstone of this plan will be the creation of a Virtual Entrepreneur Center, leveraging resources and programs of various agencies to focus on those businesses that have the greatest opportunity to grow and create jobs.

The plan includes the new ASU EON Chapter, boot camps and focused trainings, programs and services. The vision is to move from a Virtual Center to an Innovation Center over time.

Other actions:

• Downtown Catalyst Project and transforming downtown to be more inviting to all age groups.
• Business Attraction recruiting a 50- to 100-seat call center.
• Create a value proposition package to attract niche markets, collaborating with Mohave County Economic Development Department.
• Special projects, including technology infrastructure as a Smart Connected City, assistance on project developments.
• Ensuring a positive business climate, fast-tracked process.


PRIORITY TACTICS

• Virtual Entrepreneur Center
• Downtown Catalyst Project
• Call Center Recruitment
• Technology Infrastructure
• Niche business attraction plan


PILLAR CO-CHAMPIONS
Mark Nexsen, Mayor
Jerry Ernst, President, Horizon Community Bank


IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
Partnership for Economic Development
Mohave County Economic Development Department
Small Business Development Center
Mohave Community College
Mohave County Workforce Development Division
Lake Havasu Downtown Association
Arizona State University, Colleges at Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce
Lake Havasu City


View .pdf for Pillar 1

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EDUCATION & TALENT SUPPLY

The priority objectives in this Pillar are to

1) pass a school funding measure(s),

2) retain teachers,

3) increase student attainment and achievement and

4) create a talent supply for businesses.
• With Chamber’s Foundation for Education and Leadership, there is an opportunity to bring business and education together as a collaborative to address career pathways.
• Improve technology infrastructure at the schools to advance to digital education.
• Sector-based training in collaboration with Mohave Workforce Development Division and Mohave Community College, initiate as needed sector-specific training meeting business needs, starting with Hospitality Training.


PRIORITY TACTICS
• School Funding
• Education Town Halls
• Hospitality Training
• Business-Education Collaborative


PILLAR CO-CHAMPIONS
Dr. David Young, Director, ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
Jo Navaretta, Governing Board President,
LHUSD #1


IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
Education: Chamber Foundation for Education and Leadership, LHUSD, WAVE, J-TED, MCC, ASU, NAU
Business: Chamber, CVB, PED, Marine Association, Hospitality Association
Government: Mohave County Workforce Development Division, Lake Havasu City


View .pdf for Pillar 2

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Lake Havasu City’s economy has been and will remain dependent on a healthy tourism trade. Strategies to maintain and strengthen the tourism economy incorporate objectives in three distinct but interdependent areas:

1) Place Development,

2) Tourism, and

3) Hospitality Excellence.

• Wayfinding Signage, a pilot project with the Arizona Department of Transportation, will make the city’s places and amenities more visible to visitors.

• Revitalization of downtown including a Public Arts project to connect the Channel and Downtown.

• Site Six, Havasu 280, and a potential Sports Complex will provide many long desired and needed amenities.

• Collaboration between Workforce, Mohave Community College, and the Hospitality Association for hospitality training to meet the needs of business and initiate a culture of excellence in hospitality


PRIORITY TACTICS
• Wayfinding and Public Art
• Culture of Hospitality Excellence
• Visitor and Water Related Developments
• Promotions


PILLAR CO-CHAMPIONS
Cal Sheehy, London Bridge Resort
Mike Bonney, Lake Havasu Hospitality Association


IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Arizona Parks Department
Havasu Riviera LLC
Lake Havasu Downtown Association
Lake Havasu Hospitality Association
Lake Havasu Marine Association
Mohave County Workforce Development Division & Mohave Community College


View .pdf for Pillar 3

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WATER

Water is Lake Havasu City’s most precious asset—and it’s the economic driver. The Water Pillar is based on proactive and preventive actions to

1) retain and increase domestic water supply and 2) understand and manage existing threats to the Colorado River and Lake Havasu.

• Implement water treatment, conservation, reclamation and reuse
projects.
• Pursue using the existing database of lake and river water samples for
comprehensive research.
• Increase collaboration with all agencies to protect and manage the health of the lake.
• Move forward with Botanical Garden, Water/ Environmental Science Center vision at Havasu 280.
• Investigate the feasibility of fallow farm land water rights leasing during periods of severe drought.


PRIORITY TACTICS
• Water Right Acquisition
• Proactive public education on conservation, reclamation and reuse
• Pursue research


PILLAR CO-CHAMPIONS
Charlie Cassens, City Manager
Dr. Doyle Wilson, Water Resources


IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
Lake Havasu City
Clean Colorado River Sustainability Coalition
Mohave County Water Authority
Lake Havasu Management Partnership MOU


View .pdf for Pillar 4

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Community Engagement, a foundational Pillar, will keep the committed leadership and residents informed of the plan’s progress, embracing resident volunteerism in any Pillar and convening listening venues for input as to community priorities, actions and directions.
• Create a collaborative communications strategy with Implementing Partners.
• Use social media.
• Celebrate progress.
• Annual gathering in a town hall format to receive input and keep the Revitalization Plan a living document.


PRIORITY TACTICS
• Framework to create checks and balances, implementing plan and continuous feedback
• Communications
• Annual community meeting


PILLAR CO-CHAMPIONS
Donna Brister, Vice Mayor
Mike Patterson, CEO, Havasu Regional Medical Center


IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
Lake Havasu City
ABC Team
Co-Champions
Other Implementing Partners


View .pdf for Pillar 5

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Our current economic path needs to change for us to have a healthy economic future, see 2007-2014 Economic Scan for our current situation.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION


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EDUCATION & TALENT SUPPLY

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TOURISM

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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