One of my favorite duties as the Eden Prairie City Manager is to take part in the regular business meet and greet visits with our Mayor and Economic Development Manager. It is a great opportunity for us to interact with the local business community.
The main reason the program began back in 2002 was for the City to strengthen its ties with the business community and obtain feedback about City services. The feedback we receive at these meetings is typically positive. Most of the business leaders we talk with relate the positive experiences they have had with the City and the services we provide. We also receive questions about various things happening in the community such as road projects and new developments.
We do occasionally receive negative feedback. For instance, we have heard that traffic congestion in certain areas of city at certain times of the day can be a problem. If we do receive a complaint or concern we follow-up by immediately communicating the issue to the appropriate City staff member or outside agency where appropriate.
The picture to the left is from our meet and greet with Tesla Motors that we held last week. Tesla, a manufacturer of premium all-electric vehicles, was the 14th meeting held thus far in 2014. We then conducted meetings 15 and 16 this week with Vault Fitness on Valley View Road and Elliot Aviation at the Flying Cloud Airport.
Our plan is to conduct between 20-25 meetings every year. We should be able to meet our goal for 2014.
Since the program first began, the City has conducted 314 meetings. I am looking forward to being a part of the next 300.