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The Future Of Business In Bixby Knolls Depends On New Funding Stream | Long Beach Business Journal – November 18, 2019
Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), is keeping his eye trained on what he refers to as a “flashing red light” in the distance – the 2021 sunset of an annual payment of $200,000 to the BKBIA from Long Beach’s former redevelopment agency (RDA). The organization oversees the business improvement district that encompasses the business corridors of Long Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls, and assesses an annual fee on businesses there to pay for marketing, events, security and other programs beyond those provided by the city. From these fees, the organization brings in about $180,000 each year.
In other words, when the RDA funds run out, more than half the organization’s funding will dry up. And for a lean operation staffed by just two full-time people and two part-timers, that spells trouble.
To get ahead of the issue, the Long Beach Economic Development Department paid for an independent study to assess the state of the district and provide strategic planning priorities, with a focus on future funding sources. That report, authored by Denver-based Progressive Urban Management Associations (PUMA), has been completed and was summarized in a meeting with BKBIA members on November 14. Read More >>
Downtown Chattanooga property owners to decide on improvement district | Times Free Press – March 6, 2019
Lincoln consultant says young people picking midsize cities over larger metro areas | Lincoln Journal Star – April 12, 2018
Downtown Reno property owners to start paying fees for clean up, safety | Reno Gazette Journal – February 28, 2018
PEP Annual Meeting Notes County Economic Growth | The Prowers Journal – February 7, 2018
‘Looking to the future’: Lincoln partners with Denver firm to chart fresh course for downtown | Lincoln Journal Star – January 29, 2018
OKC Central: What’s next for OKC’s downtown Business Improvement District? | The Oklahoman – January 23, 2018
2018: A year to watch in downtown Shreveport | Shreveport Times – January 14, 2018
Amazon and its 50,000 employees could make Denver the “San Francisco of the plains” | Denverite – September 14, 2017
The barren center of downtown Reno finally has a future | Reno Gazette-Journal – July 18, 2017
Trends to watch as Wichita develops | The Wichita Eagle – February 27, 2017
Dallas real estate developers facing ‘huge issue’ of the future of parking | Dallas News – November 25, 2016
Reno asks for public input on downtown action plan | KOLO-TV – September 26, 2016
Economic development recommendations from PUMA for Prowers County | The Prowers Journal – September 8, 2016
EPA chooses Palmer for ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ with good reason | Matsu Valley Frontiersman – July 28, 2016
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