Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce Business @Breakfast attendees were treated to an in-depth presentation by City of Harrison Economic Development Director Shannon David Hamons. Chamber members and guests learned about various approaches to economic development and tools the City is using to attract new businesses to the community.
Hamons explained that the best approach to economic development combines business-oriented practices with focus on advancing the people and improving the physical resources of a community.
“These efforts will help to build their community capacity, improve the skill sets of the local workforce, improve the quality of life, attract new investment, create new jobs, attract new jobs and keep the jobs they have,” Hamons said.
Hamons featured some projects as well as possibilities in the future. Projects he highlighted included:
· A roundabout to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Dry Fork and West roads
· An outdoor dining patio for Valley House (301 Harrison Ave.)
· Revitalization of facades in the historic downtown district and more seating for the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA)
· Planet Fitness and Big Lots using former retail spaces on Harrison Avenue
· Harrison Trail Health Campus, a new facility to accommodate more than 100 senior adults
Hamons demonstrated how the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) has been expanded twice to add more than 800 acres. Businesses locating to or expanding in the CRA may be eligible for incentives. The Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) is another tool the City is using to spur revitalization and development.
Business @Breakfast is hosted by Greater Harrison Chamber the fourth Tuesday of each month. For upcoming events, visit the Chamber calendar.