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Tammy Brownlow T ammy Brownlow is President and CEO of the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) where she has directed activities to attract and retain businesses on behalf of the Gilroy community since 2010. Previously, she held management positions in economic development for the cities of Morgan Hill and Sacramento. She launched her economic development career in the Midwest as an executive director of an economic development corporation serving a county-wide area. Brownlow’s 20-plus years dedicated to this field include leadership roles in strategic planning, workforce development, land use and economic impact analysis. Through her efforts, the communities she serves have benefitted from local job creation and keeping tax revenues in the local economy. Brownlow holds a BS in Business Management from William Woods University. Brownlow, a Gilroy resident, is a member of Gilroy Rotary, the Gilroy Welcome Center board of directors, and the California Economic Development Association; and she works closely with the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and Gilroy Downtown Association. “In our region, the overall outlook for economic development continues to be positive. We’re working to attract advanced manufacturing, dis tribution, ag bio and food processing companies as well as retail and small business. Our goal in development is creation of local jobs with wages that can sustain families to work and live here. To this end, we continue to partner and share resources with the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, the Central Coast Marketing Team, the International Council of Shopping Centers and others to represent Gilroy with all its attributes. Interest from businesses looking to establish or expand a West Coast presence continues to be strong, and there’s growing interest in Gilroy’s downtown. With Measure H, the City’s new general plan will need to be revised to ensure land use decisions align with the Urban Growth Boundary…our efforts will be aligned with the City Council. We are also looking to increase community engagement through meetings as well as social media and neighborhood websites.” 30 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 gmhtoday.com