Full Steam Ahead in 2016 for Manhattan Beach
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is ready to embark on what promises to be an exciting 2016 for Manhattan Beach and the businesses in it. Each year dawns new hope for where we will be in 12 months, but this year will be a truly transformative year for a city over 100 years old and a chamber celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Some major developments are set to open or break ground in Manhattan Beach such as Manhattan Beach Toyota’s new center, the Skechers expansion, Kaiser Permanente’s facility on Sepulveda Boulevard, the first full year of True Religion’s Corporate Office, and the ground breaking of the Manhattan Village Mall Redevelopment to name a few. In addition decisions will be made in major areas having long lasting ramifications such as the downtown specific plan, the beginning of a similar planning process for Rosecrans and Sepulveda, the hiring of an economic vitality manager, and a hotel use study.
With many of the biggest businesses in Manhattan Beach doubling down on their investments there has never been a more exciting time to be in Manhattan Beach. Both Manhattan Village and Manhattan Beach Toyota are looking to attract new consumers with the investments they are making growing the tax take of the city. Along with the expansion of Skechers and Kaiser Permanente these three projects will serve to beautify a large stretch of Sepulveda while bringing more business to the community.
Local businesses will have a unique opportunity to feed off both the publicity and new traffic generated through these projects. Each and every time the name Manhattan Beach is seen or heard grows the visibility of the entire community. With new offices, more employees, and growth to existing sites there will be new eyes and consumers for every business to capture. This is the time to develop strong partnerships and or grow existing ones.
The City of Manhattan Beach has heard from residents, business owners, and visitors on areas where additional focus is needed and are preparing to act. The finalization of the downtown specific plan will lead to a clear and unified vision for this important corridor. Finally the freeze on use will be able to be lifted in favor of planned and wanted improvements. Taking action to plan the future of our regional drawing centers Sepulveda and Rosecrans will also allow for clear and concise guidelines for those looking to come in. The importance of these decisions cannot be underscored enough as they will attract the businesses we need and want.
The hiring of the city’s first economic vitality manager will mark a change in that Manhattan Beach will have someone working directly with the business community to plan and build the MB of the future. There could be nothing more important than ensuring we all know where we are going and how we are going to get there. One of the first major undertakings for this position will be to assess what to do with the data collected in the hotel study while implementing the specific plans previously discussed. The Chamber and all civic organizations are eager to get this moving.
As you can see Manhattan Beach will be tackling many key issues in 2016 and will need the help of each and every one of us to ensure the best decisions are made. Get involved today so that your voice can help shape our future.