SANTA BARBARA The city of Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of Jason Harris as the city’s first Economic Development Manager.
Mr. Harris will oversee the development and implementation of the city’s economic development program and related functions and goals. He is the current Economic Development Manager for the city of Santa Monica where he oversees a division of 14 staff and a budget of $5.5 million, including four Business Improvement Districts, four weekly farmers markets, two tourism marketing organizations, operations of the Santa Monica Pier and more than 160 leases or licenses for the city, according to a news release.
In addition, he formerly was the Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development for the city of Phoenix, AZ. He also previously served as a Community Development Specialist in Costa Rica for the U.S. Peace Corps.
Mr. Harris received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration from Western Illinois University.
He is set to begin his duties with the city at the end of March.