This committee will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4 pm est.
Economic Development Strategy One:
By December 2021 involve community & economic development partners, major employers, local industries and other players and stakeholders in redevelopment, investment and business development initiatives that: address issues related to a lack of move-in ready space or turn-key opportunities to accommodate new and expanding business ventures; strengthen connections to the surrounding visitor and community attractions; improve the community’s quality of life, and to advance broader community & economic development goals.
By June 2020 create and maintain a current downtown property and business inventory. Use the information to profile and match prospects or opportunities to available properties, spaces, and sites, and to maintain a current business directory
Economic Development Strategy Two:
June 2020 thru June 2022 bring city and county officials, economic development partners and downtown property and business owners together to streamline development and permitting processes; to craft viable solutions to address development-related issues, such as parking, building maintenance, code enforcement, etc.; to promote a user-friendly, business-friendly environment that supports investors and entrepreneurs; and to heighten awareness for downtown opportunities
June 2020-June 2022 track and maintain data benchmarking on traffic counts and walking score and measure economic conditions, activity, changes and progress in the downtown area.
By September 30, 2020, develop 3 training programs with VGCC for small business development
By June 1 2022 develop a plan for new streetscape with the City, County, and State.
By November 31, 2020, develop revolving loan program marketing materials and work with promotions to market to building owners and businesses. By June 2021 have 2 loans established.