LONG BEACH — A new city position could be created to spur economic development and act as a liaison to businesses.

Vice Mayor Robert Garcia has proposed legislation for Tuesday's City Council meeting that would study reviving many of the functions of the Office of Economic Development, which was dismantled two years ago.

The cost of the business and economic development officer job could be offset by unspecified adjustments to other city positions, according to the proposal.

Garcia said the position would work to enhance business growth and expand the city's tax base while acting as an ombudsman for the private sector and helping to cut through "red tape."

"We need a full-time ambassador to business," said Garcia.

"I think that Long Beach could be way more aggressive in both business recruitment and business retention," he added.

Garcia's legislation is co-sponsored by councilmen Gary DeLong, Patrick O'Donnell and James Johnson.

It directs City Manager Pat West to report back on the feasibility and costs of the position within 90 days.

The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

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