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|Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait To Present City's Regulatory Relief Efforts To Civic Federation In Chicago|
ANAHEIM, CA - (April 3, 2013) - Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will present his Regulatory Relief Task Force strategies and recommendations in Chicago on Thursday, April 4, at a forum co-hosted by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
The forum will address economic development in times of fiscal uncertainty. Mayor Tait will join panelist Mitch Bean of Great Lakes, Mich. Economic Consulting and Moderator Alicia Berg of Columbia College, Chicago as they discuss the Fiscal Distress and Economic Development session. As they discuss past crises and current strategies, they will review the impact on politics, the economy and business location decisions.
“I am honored to represent the City of Anaheim and present our vision for making our city one that eliminates the rules that impede rather than encourage job creation and economic growth,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “In Anaheim, we are cutting the red tape, and allowing businesses the freedom to grow and thrive.”
The Civic Federation, founded in 1894, is an independent, non-partisan government research organization that provides analysis and recommendations on government finance issues for the Chicago region and State of Illinois. Its members include business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago area corporations, professional service firms and institutions.
The creation of the Anaheim Regulatory Relief Task Force was announced in Mayor Tom Tait’s first State of the City address in January 2011. The task force, made up of innovators, business leaders and city staff, was asked to comprehensively review Anaheim’s regulatory environment and make recommendations on ways to reduce red-tape and regulation for area businesses.
The 14-member task force, chaired by Dr. Thomas Turk, Associate Professor of Management at Chapman University, announced its first set of recommendations in December 2011, and formed the foundation to expand Anaheim’s freedom culture, streamline development processes, and reduce taxes and fees.
The recommendations implemented in May 2012 included reducing the need for conditional use permits, reduced the need for parking variances, and reduced regulatory permits.
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