Lemoore City Council okays new contract with lobbying firm to promote development

By Ed Martin, Editor

So far Lemoore councilmembers seem to be please with their selection of CrisCom Company to handle the city’s efforts to promote the city and attract retail development. While there hasn’t been much progress on retail development, the Chatsworth-based firm has made huge inroads in its governmental lobbying services.

Earlier this month, the Lemoore Police Department hosted a press conference in which it received nearly $1 million for a police dispatch center. CrisCom was given much of the credit for its lobbying effort at the state capitol. Corcoran and Avenal were also beneficiaries of CrisCom’s efforts. Local officials are hoping to expand the dispatch center to regional status.

Councilmembers, at their Tuesday (Aug. 18) meeting voted 4-0 (Councilman Ray Madrigal was on vacation) to approve a $60,000 contract for government affairs services and $42,000 for business development and attraction services.

CrisCom President, Chuck Jalloian told councilmembers that his firm has spent many months contacting about 250 developers and retailers, hoping to entice them to come to Lemoore.

Just a year ago, August 2014, city officials contracted with CrisCom for their efforts to provide much-needed funding for the Lemoore Police Department’s proposed dispatch center.

The city council approved an agreement with CrisCom in October, 2014 for business development and attraction, with the hope of spearheading an effort to attract business to Lemoore.

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