Business Support Committee


Laurel Street

Surrounded by art on our downtown streets the views here are ever changing with light and rain playing off our landscape.  Buildings rich with detail and sturdy in construction hide stories of the past within their walls and beneath our feet.
 

Business support and development concentrates on strengthening the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand its economy and introduce compatible new uses.

The Business Support Committee, also known as Economic Restructuring, has the job of identifying new market opportunities for the traditional commercial district, finding new uses for buildings, and stimulating investment in property. By understanding the community's economic condition and opportunities for incremental market growth, the Committee can:

Strengthen existing businesses and recruit new ones.
Find new economic uses for traditional Downtown buildings.
Develop financial incentives and capital for building rehabilitation and business development.
Monitor the economic performance of the district.

If you are looking for property to rent, lease or purchase in downtown visit our Opportunities page to see what is available or for information about Doing Business Downtown and how we can help.

Richard Stephens, Co-Chair
Individual
775-4991

Andrew Schwab, Co-Chair
Anime Kat
797-1313


Local economies realize distinct benefits from the activities of local small businesses. Small businesses, in turn, can realize competitive advantages by employing a local focus in their service and marketing activities. Major benefits of business in the local economy include a boost in employment and discretionary income in the community, tax income increases for local governments and a loyal customer base for businesses.

Local Employment

One of the most personal advantages of businesses in the local economy is the boost in employment in the region. Employment levels influence a range of other standard-of-living metrics, such as disposable income, home foreclosure rates and new small business startups. Employing people in the local community can stimulate word-of-mouth advertising for a company as well, assuming the company treats its employees well enough to get positive mentions.

Local Tax Income

Businesses pay a significant portion of all taxes in the United States, including income tax, property tax and employment tax. Having more businesses in the local economy can boost tax income for local governments, bringing in more money to repair roads, develop schools and improve public services.

Access to Services

Along with the standard-of-living increases inherent in raising local employment, the presence of many business types can raise the standard-of-living further by providing a wider range of services and amenities in the local area.

Loyal Customers

Businesses with a local focus have the advantage of cultivating a loyal customer base, especially when their services are not threatened by big-box chain stores in the area. While this may not influence company growth, it ensures a certain level of financial sustainability, and helps to ensure the company maintains a positive reputation in at least one region.

by David Ingram, Demand Media 


The Business Support Committee is currently collecting data from business and building owners in the Downtown to insure that the association and necessary city services have current information about building occupancy in the area. Once this information is compiled into the Data Base, it can be used in conjunction with the "Vision Statement" for the future of Downtown.
Click Here for Data Information Form

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