I was reading the documentation of the Nevada City’s strengths and weakness, both internal and external from the strategic planing retreat. It is an interesting documents when you read all the stuff that was thrown at the wall and included in the report. It would take a week to write a detailed critiques. It looked like everyone of the 3000 residence got their issues covered. It would have been nice if the contract facilitators had reduce the duplication, sorted suggestions by topic and then rank ordered them. Standard practice in developing strategic plans, not every idea is worthy of top billing.
One issue that intrigued me was that the Tesla Battery Plant in Remo was considered both an asset and a liability. On the asset side, Tesla employees might visit Nevada City and bring money. On the liability side all those thousands of visiting Tesla employees would generate too much traffic and congestion. Almost spilled coffee on the keyboard.
California is attempting to increase the use of electric vehicles like the Tesla, yet there was no mention of the need for high voltage charging station that are needed by modern electric vehicles in the report. If Nevada City wants to import monied tourist, they need to address the needs of this electric cohort of potential tourists. However, I do not think Nevada City will have to worry about the Tesla traffic congestion until they install some of those charging stations, assuming that Tesla employees can afford to buy Tesla electric vehicles, and it is company policy that employees buy the company products, like they do in Detroit.
All that said, I am pleased to see that Nevada City is at least trying to come to grips with its growing list of problems under President Obama’s and Governor Brown’s economy. Tough road ahead, the fasten seat belt sign is on.