Economic Development Committee

EDC Annual Report

Each year, the Economic Development Committee presents an annual report of its activities to the City Council.  You can find its most recent report and supporting information below:
View Annual Reports

Project Evaluation

The Economic Development Committee has determined that it is important to use a standard set of criteria to evaluate the benefits and costs of proposed projects, whether undertaken by the EDC, the Community Development Department, or the City Council.  By using these criteria, the EDC more effectively addresses proposed projects in a useful and organized manner.  Review the Evaluation Form.

Presentation Guidelines

The EDC occasionally hears presentations during their regular meetings on specific economic development projects.   The Presentation Guide assist presenters in preparing for a useful and organized presentation.

2019 Business of the Year Award

The City has opened nominations for the 2019 Business of the Year Award. The nomination period will end on November 5, 2018, with the EDC and City Council representatives will making a selection among nominees. The award is presented annually at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner held in February.   

Business of the Year Award Nomination Form (Form may be downloaded for completion)

Regular Meetings

  • 5 PM
  • The 1st Tuesday of every month or at the call of the Chair
  • Meetings take place at Arcata City Council Chamber, located at 736 F Street

Committee Members

Name Term Expiration
Dan Shahin 09-30-20
Destiny Preston 09-30-19
Jacqueline Ramirez 09-30-21
Jane Woodward 09-30-20
Meredith Moorehead 09-30-23
Robin Bailie 09-30-21
Jennifer Dart Staff Liaison

Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Economic Development Committee, was established in 1994 by the adoption of Arcata City Ordinance Number 1232 and amended in 1999 by Ordinance 1292. The Committee's primary function is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Council in matters pertaining to economic development; make recommendations to the Successor Agency (to the Redevelopment Board) with respect to redevelopment plans, projects and proposals; and review economic trends with powers and duties as outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2246 to 2250.

Powers & Duties

The powers and duties of the Economic Development Committee are as specified in the Arcata Municipal Code, Sections 2246 to 2250. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:
A. To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council, Commissions, or City staff as appropriate in matters pertaining to economic development, including but not limited to manufacturing, retail, tourism, business expansion and revitalization and agriculture.

B. To make recommendations to the Community Development Agency Board with respect to plans, projects and proposals affecting the Redevelopment Project Area and within the scope of the Redevelopment Plan.

C. To review economic trends and to make recommendations to strengthen the economic well being of the City.

Conflict of Interest

The Conflict of Interest Provisions of the City of Arcata Conflict of Interest Code, Title II, Chapter 8, apply to all Economic Development Committee members. Committee members must file California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 700s with the City Clerk's Office.

There are numerous potential conflicts of interest that may require an Economic Development Committee member to disqualify him or herself from participating in decision making. The Political Reform Act of 1974 (PRA) controls financial conflicts of interests of public officials and advisory bodies.

Economic Development Committee members must complete ethics training upon assuming office and every 2 years thereafter, as required by Government Code Section 53234, et seq. In addition, the City’s Municipal Code requires each member of the Economic Development Committee to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) as administered by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, when assuming office, leaving office, and annually during their term of service.

Annual Reports to Council

Please be sure to view all Annual Reports.