Norwich BID
news & updates
March • 2020
Our downtown district here in Norwich, NY is really the heart of our city. The small businesses and restaurants are our meeting places; where we gather to celebrate, and who we depend on to support our needs.

As you continue to take care of yourself and your families in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), consider a few ways you can help keep our downtown district thriving. One of the most critical steps we can take together in helping to support this community is to continue doing business there. In these uncertain times, the big box stores can recover much easier and faster than local, small businesses.

However, as the crisis continues, we will see the resilience of our local economy as a direct result of our community coming together to help!

Here is how you can continue to support our local merchants:

  1. Buy gift cards/certificates to local shops. That’s immediate revenue now for a business, and you can cash in on the treat at a later date!
  2. Buy products locally – visit the local merchants (stay away from the crowds at the big chain stores!)
  3. Some businesses are offering delivery or pick-up services – Take advantage of this service!

We will work closely with Norwich City Officials and Commerce Chenango, to help protect our district, its members, and its consumers.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our Norwich Downtown District flourishing! Consider supporting our friends and neighbors by following our recommendations above.

For additional information and resources, please use the links below:
McNeil Jewelers
 A family run business since 1946, McNeil Jewelers specializes in jewelry, watch and gifts sales. They also offer in-store jewelry and watch repairs.
25 South Broad Street, Norwich
Click Here for more information:
If you are a business owner in the BID district
and spend up to $50 on rock salt, save your receipt(s) and bring them to the BID office for reimbursement. All receipts due by 3/31, 2020.
Earth Day Clean-Up with Chobani............4/22
Memorial Weekend kick-off Cruise-In ..... 5/22
BID board of directors:

 Ann Coe
Executive Committee:
Jamie Gaudreau-Moore, President
Matthew Caldwell, Vice President
Pegi LoPresti, Treasurer
Mindy Chawgo, Secretary
Barbara Fowler, Ex Officio

Board Members:
Diane DiStefano
Alexandra Erath
Michael Hayes
Barb Hotchkin
Luke Murphy
Steve Natoli
Tyler Oliver
Alecia O’Neill
Tom Sutton

Legacy members:
Todd Dreyer
Bryan McCracken
Mike McCormack
Find us on facebook:
instagram: @downtownnorwich
& twitter: @NorwichBID
WELCOME Serenity Hobbies to the BID
Serenity Hobbies, games and gaming shop recently relocated to 10 South Broad Street. We're so glad you are here!
County Board of Supervisors Approve Occupancy Tax for Chenango

Commerce Chenango shares that after the March 9th, 2020 public hearing, the Chenango County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution and moved its adoption to implement a 4% occupancy tax in Chenango County. The new Local Law will serve to provide a dedicated funding stream to promote and develop the tourism industry in Chenango County and to reduce pressure on the property tax levy. 
Chenango County has been one of just a few counties in New York State that had not previously collected a bed tax. Neighboring counties, Broome and Madison, charge 5% and 4% respectively. A bed tax, also known as a local occupancy tax, is a charge separate from state-mandated sales tax that is determined by a local municipality. It is not a local tax on existing residents and has very little negative impact on the hotel industry. 
The dollars generated will help to develop a tourist-friendly environment, expand activities, promote the outdoor trails, attractions, culture, agriculture, and events that we already know are some of the best in the state.
Tourism is New York’s 3rd largest industry, hosting 253 million visitors annually who spend 71.8 billion at NYS businesses creating 114.8 billion in economic impact. 
Chenango County Tourism is working with the Board of Supervisors on an implementation plan and strategy for the additional tourism dollars. The Local Law, which will require a 4% tax on all accommodations, will take effect on July 1, 2020. The implementation and enforcement of the Local Law will take effect immediately.
If you are located in the BID district and have purchased a new sign or awning for your business, get your receipt to us and we will reimburse you up to $500.

Get them Norwich Merchant Money !
Gift certificates that you can redeem at many local businesses. These gift certificates come in $10 and $20 denominations. Pick yours up today
at McLaughlin's Department Store,
27 South Broad Street in Norwich.