Over the past three months, the Chamber’s pace of work increased on one of our top priorities. The Chamber has been working with Little River Holdings, LLC (LRH) and a developer to put together a new team. The Gateway Project with LRH is advancing demolition, remediation, and site preparation for construction.
The positive news about our area's development projects continues to attract additional potential investment, and the Chamber has been working with new developers in the past quarter. In fact, a developer recently closed on the former Northern Hotel located 141-149 Washington Street, and we provided assistance for their due diligence phase.
Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) meetings continue to uncover needs and business plans where the Chamber and its partners can provide real assistance. We meet the business owner or leader where they are, regardless of their size, experience level, or length of time in business. One business retention visit in August dealt with a recurring theme. How to transition into retirement in the coming years. More research will be needed in order to provide assistance to business owners.
The Chamber team dedicated some time in the quarter to create presentation materials that will help communicate elements of the economic development program to decision-makers and developers. This work prepares us for further investment outreach with site details and to lay the groundwork for a successful Developer Day in 2022.