With another new year upon us, we look at the 2017 business atmosphere with optimism. The City of Corona is positioned to continue its innovative and creative approach to grow our local commerce. Sharing this mission is the Corona Chamber of Commerce that stands as a strong partner with the City. Success over the past few years has strengthened the partnership between the City and Corona Chamber. Corona Chamber CEO/ President, Bobby Spiegel, attributes the increasing success of Corona’s economic development to the enhanced efforts of the talented City of Corona staff, a lineup that is managed by City Manager Darrell Talbert. Darrell is uniquely qualified for his job, as a lifetime Coronan, successful entrepreneur and former City Council member. Talbert is one of two employees directly hired by the five elected members of the Corona City Council, the other being the City Attorney. All other staffing for the City is under his jurisdiction. This involves hiring and supervising all department heads, including the police and fire chiefs. His open door policy and focus to help community members and businesses motivates many, while earning him wide support throughout the region. Corona has been recognized for multiple successes by various statewide and national organizations. Creating opportunities for businesses to locate, expand and prosper here has been the top priority on Talbert’s watch. The Corona Chamber has worked as a team mate with the city in the arena of business retention and recruitment. In early 2017, “Walk-Abouts” will be launched by the Corona Chamber, which will find dozens of visits to businesses monthly. A current City project is developing an “Innovation Center” in the community. This will be a valuable tool in bringing and keeping businesses in Corona. Talbert’s team has worked on securing a special grant to assist in bringing the old police station (Buena Vista and Sixth Street) up to ADA standards for conversion to this Center. Though still several months away, the city is positioning itself now to bring a variety of other new features into Corona. A recent example of Talbert’s ingenuity is repurposing unoccupied space at City Hall. In mid-December (2016), US Congressman Ken Calvert’s office relocated to the lower floor of the 400 S. Vicentia Avenue facility. Bobby Spiegel tells us, “It is a win-win, having our Congressman’s district headquarters located right at the heart of our community.” Talbert is seeking other tenants for similarly available work space, whose site requirements could be satisfie . This might not be as easy as it seems. However, Talbert’s positive attitude and tenacity to find the right occupants is one of his priorities and there is every reason to be confident that he will find success as the calendar pages turn to 2017.
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