• Economic Development Commission

  • The Economic Development Commission is an advisory body to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.   It's purpose is to provide guidance to the Chamber’s development and implementation of an annual Economic Development Action Plan.   The Commission receives updates on key economic indicators and activity; identifies opportunities for, and barriers to, economic growth in the community; and helps to identify key initiatives to be undertaken by the Chamber. 

    Membership on the Commission is by invitation.   In addition to representatives from key economic development partners, the Chamber Board of Directors appoints one or more representatives from each of the following agencies or industries/professions:

    • Agriculture
    • Allan Hancock College
      • Dr. Kevin Walthers, Superintendent/President
    • Banking
      • Angela Gutierrez, Rabobank
      • Brooks Wise, Pacific Premier Bank
    • Commercial Real Estate Broker
      • Jerry Schmidt, Pacifica Real Estate
      • Steve McCarty, Stafford/McCarty
    • Commercial Real Estate Developer
      • Dan Blough, Dan Blough Construction
      • Mark Fugate, Charter Brokerage
    • Commercial/Infrastructure General Contractor
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      • Steve Scott, Scott Construction
    • Energy
      • Ben Oakley, (WSPA) Western States Petroleum Association
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    • Housing
      • Joe Halsell, Halsell Builders 
      • Derek Hansen, The Towbes Group
    • Land-Use/Planning
      • Dave Cross, Fletcher-Cross Associates
      • Laurie Tamura, Urban Planning Concepts
    • Manufacturing
      • Zachary Fargher, Safran Cabin
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    • Marian Regional Medical Center
      • Sue Andersen, CEO
    • Small Business
      • Anne Cremarosa, SM Business Development Center
      • Sofia Lariz, Emerald Broadcasting
    • Transportation
      • Danny Deveraux, CalPortland
      • Rob Himoto, SMV Rail Road
    • City of Santa Maria
      • Jason Stilwell, City Manager
      • Chuen Ng, Community Development Director
    • Santa Maria Public Airport District
      • Chris Hastert, General Manager
    • EconAlliance of Northern Santa Barbara County
      • Joe Halsell        

    Staff leadership of the Economic Development Commission is provided by the Chamber of Commerce, particularly by the Economic Development Director.

    Meetings of the Economic Development Commission are held on a quarterly basis.


    EDC Reports:

    Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission Report Oct-2016


    Tours & Forums
    The Economic Development Commission organizes and hosts industry tours and other forums that raise awareness of industry in Santa Maria. Our tours have included many of Santa Maria’s top employers. They are very popular and fill up quickly.

    There is no cost for the industry tours, however you must RSVP at register@santamaria.com or call (805) 925-2403 x 812.

    Learn more about industry tours