Councilmember Barbara Bry (District 1)

Economic Development and Strategies

Sherri has been a strong advocate for economic development through her efforts to support local businesses, workforce development, and emerging industries. Her top priority is to grow local jobs.

In her first term on the Council, she identified a need for a standing committee focused exclusively on San Diego's local economy and when in December 2011, the Economic Development & Strategies Committee (formerly known as the Rules & Economic Development Committee) was created, Sherri's Council colleagues voted unanimously to have her serve as chair.

Under the purview of this Committee, the City updated its Economic Development Strategy and the Council Policy on Economic Development, among working on a variety of other related initiatives. The City’s Economic Development Strategy includes objectives and goals for supporting our local business community and increasing jobs, along with strategies to foster our base sector industries, including manufacturing, innovation (such as life sciences and bio-tech industry), international trade and logistics, military and tourism. The existing City 2014-2016 Economic Development Strategy is currently being updated for 2017 through 2019 and is anticipated to be considered by the City Council in the coming months.

Sherri remains focused on her workforce development priorities, which have included launching the "Connecting to Careers" initiative (now known as CONNECT2Careers) with the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). This program, designed to help close San Diego's skills gap, is now overseen by the Mayor and SDWP, and provides summer work opportunities for local youth. Moving forward, Sherri will continue to work with our local businesses, educational institutions, and training providers to ensure that workforce development is a key tenet of the city's economic development strategy.

In addition to these efforts, Sherri has championed supporting the City’s emerging industries such as blue-tech and the cybersecurity sector. This work includes support for incubators and accelerators which are critical for fostering existing and new companies in these innovative and growing areas.

Throughout her work on these initiatives Sherri has been proud to partner with our local businesses, as well as industry advocates, including local universities, BIOCOM, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and Chambers of Commerce, among others.