Main Street Revitalization
A thriving Main Street is a sign of a strong community. We draw businesses to this area through marketing ourselves properly. This will take a complete community effort. If elected Mayor, I will establish a committee of business and community leaders to come together and help brand Savanna as a place of opportunity for businesses. We have so many great programs that we can offer to people wanting to start or expand a business.
We will be promoting the fact that our Business District is a TIF District as well as an Enterprise Zone. These are both huge incentives that can help bring businesses to Savanna.
We also need to look open for business. I will work with community organizations like Savanna in Motion, Savanna Service Club, The Lions Club and others to build volunteer efforts to clean up and beautify our business districts. This includes IMMEDIATELY addressing safety issues on our sidewalks. We need to look like a town who wants new businesses if we expect to attract new businesses. Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest differences. We will repaint parking spots, add larger signage for off street parking, control weeds, add additional trash receptacles and look at signage standards, benches, tables etc…
As Mayor, I will reach out to other communities who have successfully Revitalized their Main Street. We will learn from not only their successes but also, their failures so we do not make the same mistakes. I will hold Town Hall meetings with members of our community to simply ask “What do you want to see on your Main Street.” This will take a community effort to achieve.