Why is Downtown Important
Downtown is a symbol of:
Community Economic Health
Partnership between the private sector and public sector
Local quality of life
Downtown infrastructure is a major public investment. Only healthy businesses in buildings assessed at full value generate taxes that give taxpayers a good return on this public investment.
Downtown represents independent businesses which:
Support local families
Support local community projects such as teams and schools
Keep profits in town (Chain stores and internet purchases send profits out of town.)
Downtown helps reduce sprawl by concentrating activity in one area.
A major employer. Maybe its the largest employer in town.
An important community space where Members of all segments of the community can meet equally for parades and other community events.
Where the community’s arts and culture thrives.
A tourist attraction and is the location of a community’s unique businesses and
The heart of the community and the site of local government and the arts.
An important factor for industrial and commercial developers and professional recruitment.
Downtown revitalization protects property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods.