By Jim Shilander
The City of San Clemente was recognized Tuesday by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as having one of the nation’s “111 Bright Ideas in Government,” for its Business Liason/Facilitator program, which operates out of the Community Development Department. The liaisons work directly with small businesses in their assigned districts, and act as a contact person for the businesses within City Hall. The liaisons also assist with questions on permitting, licenses and other areas.
The city doesn’t receive anything more than recognition for the program, but Community Development Director Jim Holloway said, he hoped the honor meant other cities might take a look at doing something similar.
“It’s been very good,” Holloway said. “We’ve received three or four awards for this. I think it’s needed locally and that it’s an idea that could be used in other cities. We’ve done it for about a year-and-a-half, and it’s had a good effect in that short amount of time.”