Phoenix is making a goal to be the best city in the nation to open up a business in, and City Councilman Sal DiCiccio wants it to happen quickly.
DiCiccio and councilman Tom Simplot were chosen to co-chair a committee for job creation by cutting red tape. At a council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30, the council approved the formation of the committee by a six to three vote.
DiCiccio said he has three goals for the committee. He'd like to cut red tape completely, let the nation know that Phoenix is the place to do business and minimize the risk for business owners thinking about opening a business. To reach his goal he plans to create and work with 50 to 80 people, a very large committee compared to others within the city.
"The individuals on this committee will have a national reach," DiCiccio said. "They will be required to let their organizations around the country know what we are doing in the city of Phoenix. That's how you get the word out. We want people around the country to know this is where they should be investing and building a business.
"It doesn't matter what the size (of the committee) is, only that these people are communicating the city of Phoenix to their organizations around the country. There isn't a single person I've talked to that says cutting red tape is a bad idea. I think everyone is going to be set on cutting red tape."
DiCiccio hopes to have a committee set and in their first meeting by the middle of December. He said they would start by looking at what regulations are safety related and what ones are not necessary.
"My timeline is yesterday," DiCiccio said. "I've been trying to get this done for two years... My goal is to get the first phase of this through by the end of February. That's a pretty ambitious goal. I would like to have something out in the first 60 to 90 days. Every day we wait and stall is one day less someone is going to get a job. From my end, the sooner the better."
DiCiccio said some of the concerns he's heard are about rushing the process, not waiting for the new mayor and trying to do too much over the holidays. He said the three votes against creating the committee were a sign of how difficult the process may become.
"We're going to have people who want to keep everything the same," DiCiccio said. "Some will think that some change is good and that's acceptable. But if you're not the best in this economy you're not going to survive. We have to be known in the entire country for being the best."
Public comments and suggestions for the committee are welcome. DiCiccio's office can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (602) 262-7491.
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