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V.2.6 Attracting Development and Business

Action

Provide a warm welcome for developers and businesses by making it easy to access information regarding community vision, regulations, permitting, available economic incentives and demographics.

Why

Be stage setters! You want developers and businesses to invest in, and become part of, your Main Street community! Giving them the experience of a “one stop shop” makes your Main Street and your community all that much more appealing. This is often the first experience they’ll have with you and their success will be supported by what you provide to them in these early stages.

How
  • Be clear and intentional with the community’s (or Main Street’s) plan or vision. Communicate that vision so developers and businesses know what you’re looking for. 
  • Create economic incentives and update zoning regulations and permitting processes to remove barriers for businesses and developers
  • Make information easily accessible online for developers and businesses
  • Delegate a point person to coordinate the process for permitting and approvals

Main Street Management Assessment Rubric

Scoring Standards

Elements: Incentives, Zoning, Regulations/ordinances, Permitting, Demographics, Market trends

Note: For 501©3 organizations or other non-governmental organizations, their role is to encourage a “one stop shop”

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  • Municipality with community support maintains a vision for the type of development desired in district
  • Developers experience a “one-stop-shop”
  • Information available online includes at least 4/6 of the elements
  • Information is accessible in a centralized webpage/website and with a contact number and email address to speak to a person
3
  • Information available online includes at least 3/6 of the elements
  • Information is accessible in a centralized webpage/website and with several different contact numbers to speak to a person across multiple departments
2
  • Information available online includes at least 2/6 of the elements
  • Information is accessible on several different webpages and/or contact numbers across multiple departments
1
  • Information available online includes 1/6 or less of the elements
  • Information is accessible only through calling multiple departments

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