RDA still looking for ways to aid downtown

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Redevelopment Authority continues to make improving the downtown business atmosphere a top priority.

The RDA received the results of a survey of downtown business owners by consultant Stacy Tuescher.

At the same time, RDA chairman Lee Gentine reported that efforts are continuing to establish a liaison person with downtown businesses.

“One of the things that seems to be the biggest challenge for businesses downtown is that many of them might be a one- or twoperson shop,” Gentine said of the survey results. “If they are going to do some marketing, it might not be as sophisticated as they might want it to be.”

While participation in the survey was not as complete as officials were hoping for, Gentine said the concept of having an RDA downtown manager or liaison was well received by those who responded.

Gentine said he and City Administrator Brian Yerges are meeting with officials from the Chamber of Commerce to explore the feasibility of creating such a position and ensuring maximum cooperation between the city, downtown businesses and the chamber.

“What you’re proposing is something I strongly endorse,” RDA member David Williams said. “Combined, they have a better chance of being successful than going their separate ways.”

“We need somebody who is going to be out working with businesses, not somebody who is sitting in an office 10 hours a week doing paperwork,” Gentine commented, adding that finding funding for a part-time position for at least two years would be important.


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