Thursday, March 31, 2016

Farewell and Good Luck to Chief Martell! Welcome to a New Era with Police Chief Joe Pierucci!

On Wednesday, March 30th the Police Department and City held a Change of Command and Badge Pinning Ceremony and celebrated the stellar career of retiring Police Chief Matt Martell.
I share my comments from both the Change of Command Ceremony and Matt’s retirement celebration:
Change of Command
It is my honor to be part of such a great and important tradition of the Foster City Police Department with the Change of Command and Badge Pinning.
In recognizing the past…
Chief Martell, thank you for your phenomenal service. Your contribution to the City and Police Department will remain relevant and your efforts in creating excellence in the organization will stand as a foundation as we enter a new era of leadership and change of command.
Matt, congratulations and I look forward to celebrating your milestone later this afternoon.
Honoring our future…
As your City Manager, I am excited as we look to our future era of excellence and commitment in the Foster City Police Department. There is no doubt that with these dedicated, passionate, phenomenal, and brave officers, who we recognize today, the police team will remain champions of law enforcement well into our future. Chief Pierucci, Captain Ticas, Lieutenant Sandri, Sergeant Tidwell, Corporal Beck, congratulations and best of luck as we work together to continue to make Foster City a great place to live, work, and play!
Matt’s Retirement Celebration
Matt’s achievements as Police Chief, Executive Team Member, and as an officer in the Foster City Police Department for 25 years have been significant.
Matt is always first to credit team, recognizing our organization’s culture on the importance of team efforts. Inspired efforts, traditions of excellence, and phenomenal service absolutely require great teams, but great teams demand outstanding leadership and special individual performances. Matt has provided those exceptional individual performances as our Police Chief, colleague, and friend.
Matt, we wish you well as you set sail for a new horizon in your life. Your contributions to our organization and the Police Department have been far reaching and memorable. You have positioned us well to manage the challenges of the future. The praise you receive this afternoon is well deserved and I wish you nothing but the best of luck and good blessings for your future endeavors.
Matt, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you; I will miss your presence with our team. I know we will meet again to reflect on time gone by and new adventures, good luck and Godspeed!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Be Phenomenal

As your City Manager I believe we have one of the most dedicated staffs in the business of delivering excellent government service. A staff of committed public employees who strive for excellence, demonstrate daily team work and, most importantly, understand serving the public in the best manner possible.

I see department by department employees who work hard to be great, have open and engaged conversations with team members and the public, employees who remain relentless in incremental improvements. I state this with pride, employees with a champion's attitude for a world champion community here in Foster City.

At a recent City Management meeting I asked each City department to provide an overview of why they believe their department is "phenomenal." I share those thoughts with you below.

As we come upon the weekend, have a happy St. Patrick's Day and go out and do something phenomenal!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Economic Development Strategy for a Bright Future

The fiscal health of a City is closely linked to a healthy and strong business community.  Foster City is very fortunate that its local economy has continued to recover and gain momentum since the global recession that began in 2006. Growth in the technology, research & development, bio-medical and life science sectors remain strong for the City. And because these sectors will remain strong for the foreseeable future, a 2nd tier economic model that provides business to business support to these sectors is becoming stronger. To maintain that momentum, the City must be strategic about planning for activities that preserve property values, retain and expand our existing businesses, attract new businesses, and support the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and all our economic development stakeholders.

On January 25, 2016, the City Council held a Special City Council where they identified five priority areas that they would like staff to focus on for the next year.  The priority areas include land use, traffic and circulation, infrastructure, economic development, and quality schools.  Ad hoc subcommittees, composed of no more than two City Councilmembers and key City staff, have been established for each priority area and will meet throughout the next year to develop work plans to address some of our key challenges.

The Economic Development Ad Hoc Subcommittee, comprised of Vice Mayor Charlie Bronitsky and Councilmember Sam Hindi, met for the first time on February 16, 2016 to discuss the next phase of economic development planning for the City.  Over the next several months the ad hoc subcommittee and City staff will work with the business community stakeholders to establish strategies, policies and programs that will contribute to the City’s future economic health.

On March 15, 2016, the City will be hosting its first Economic Development Business Roundtable meeting.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 am – 12 Noon in the Lagoon Room of the Community Center (1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd).  The purpose of the meeting is to engage with the business community about the economic climate of our City, get their input on important issues, and to share City Council’s vision for moving economic development planning forward.

I am excited about the possibilities of an even stronger Foster City.  With the guidance of our City Council, the experience and expertise of City staff, and the input and support of the business community stakeholders, I am certain we can develop an economic development plan to lead us into the next phase of excellence.