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City Center Partnership

Business Development & Retention

Business Development & Retention (BDR) works to enhance the City Center as a viability place for business and investments. Key projects include:

  • Business Walk Program (2017-Present)
    Business Development & Retention volunteers visit each business in a few-block portion of the City Center to gain insight on business needs, trends and people.
  • City Center Marketplace Analysis (2017, 2019)
    An in-depth project consisting of unique research and analysis to gather the information to enhance business/developer retention and attraction in the City Center, culminating in a printed publication.
  • Front Street Connectivity Plan (2012-2014)
    A district enhancement and community engagement project leading to a pedestrian focused redesign of Front Street, the first principle commercial corridor in the city’s history.
  • Business Focus Groups (2011, 2012)
    A business engagement process that assists in gauging issues affecting business growth that helped set priorities for the City Center Partnership.
  • Vacancy Inventory (2011)
    An analysis of the total vacancy rate in the City Center that has now been incorporated into the City Center Market Analysis.

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