El Segundo Celebrates the Past Year’s Accomplishments and Looks to the Future at Annual State of the City Event
More than 300 of El Segundo’s community, business and political leaders gathered on March 27th for Mayor Drew Boyles’ first State of the City address since taking office in 2018. Mayor Boyles shared the year’s accomplishments and presented upcoming plans that will fulfill the city’s vision of being a hub for innovation. The event was held at Los Angeles Air Force Base and Colonel Ann Igl, Commander, 61st Air Base Group, welcomed guests and introduced the mayor. The base is headquarters to the Space and Missile Systems Center and has a $2 billion economic impact to the Los Angeles region.
The mayor focused on specific goals that the city has actively worked towards and met, including enhancing customer service and citywide communication, supporting community safety and preparedness, developing as a choice employer and workforce, investing in quality infrastructure and technology and championing economic development and fiscal stability. These goals detail city council’s strategic approach in leading the city through an extensive planning process with all departments.
Over the past year, El Segundo has gathered feedback for improvements and has developed and strengthened programs aligned with its priorities. A citywide communications plan is in the works between all key stakeholders to ensure consistent, proactive and collaborative communications. Ongoing investment in community safety technology, training and equipment has reduced crime and decreased the El Segundo Fire Department’s response time to four and a half minutes, well below the national average of seven minutes. More than 20 projects were executed for new and existing technology to enhance services and communications. The city is focused on employee development, training and wellness and launched a leadership development academy last year to offer employees at all levels the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become future leaders.
El Segundo continues to concentrate on its vibrant economic development growth and fiscal sustainability. Consistently one of the hottest commercial real estate markets in the region, El Segundo experienced about $200 million dollars in construction projects in 2018 with numerous new developments and plans, including the Smoky Hollow Specific Plan that will revitalize the Smoky Hollow district and welcome creative companies to the area. And through the launch of two new websites with digital advertising campaigns, the city has positioned itself as an attractive location for both business relocation and expansion and for travelers to experience local attractions.
The strategic goals and key accomplishments were brought to life in a video featuring the mayor, city council members and department heads. The video can be seen here https://youtu.be/0g5IZ_cBLek
The event was presented by the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce and sponsors of this year’s event included Chevron, Continental Development Corporation, Los Angeles World Airports and Raytheon.