Posted by Norman, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm
I emailed Mr Johnson awhile ago asking him for his budget and what reports he had produced to show that he and/or that office was effective. He said they don't keep records nor track performance.
I don't know how the City Council can keep this office going unless they have a method of showing its efficacy or lack of it. I don't expect much though as the spenders of our money don't want us to know if its being spent properly. So it goes with government.
Posted by Penny Wise, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm
Nice guy, Johnson, never earned his keep. He had nothing to do with most of the companies that decided to locate here -- sometimes he found out about their moves after the local press did. If anyone else is hired, should be on a commission-only basis.
By the way, I'm mystified by the comment that 100 people have applied. Where are city jobs advertised? I have never ever seen one listed on any job board. I'm sure I'm not the only resident who would love to apply for one of those high-paying, outstanding-benefits city jobs.
Posted by MBA, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:46 am
The pathetic truth is that neither the city manager nor the council gave Johnson measurable objectives. He once gave a presentation about his 20+ goals! If a BD person is hired, he/she should be measured on 2 primary things - increasing sales tax and TOT revenue, retaining major businesses that produce revenue to the city, retaining small businesses that provide MP's character (I don't know how to measure that but helping Kepler's, Beltramo's, Flegel's thrive would be a start).
We do need a balanced portfolio of businesses. That's not just the City's job. The Chamber of Commerce should help a lot more; its board seems biased toward development rather than a thriving downtown and business community.
Posted by Professional Biz Resident, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:38 am
yes, the business park east of 101 does need some help in attracting and retaining businesses! With the Facebook campus nearby this should not be a very difficult task, but it may be if we hire someone from out of the area to do the job.
There are many local professionals who would love to have the job! A Biz Development Manager may not be the answer, but an Economic Development Coordinator could do the job and salary may be lower!
Posted by MBA, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 8:52 am
An Economic Development Coordinator role sounds perfect as long as the primary job performance metric is sales or hotel tax revenue to the city. Retention and attraction of businesses that do that would be suitable sub-objectives.