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I know we already have some small manufacturers like those discussed in the article, but with much lower rents for both the businesses and workers, it seems that Beacon could attract many more.
Thanks for posting Scott! It's great to hear about efforts to attract businesses to Beacon, particularly the entrepreneurial types! One idea that I haven't gone farther than thought about is to convert public housing to public-owned housing. I think this has been done in New Orleans. Rather than the standard low-income public housing that doesn't promote self-improvement (just maintains status quo), this concept would create first-time homeowners through some kind of low-cost, low interest mortgage program. This would help promote self-reliance and self-esteem. I would think that since public housing was constructed in Beacon more than 30 years ago (someone correct me if I'm wrong), the projected life of the buildings in nearing an end, or has already past. The existing buildings could either be upgraded to provide a more desirable living/home owning condition, or perhaps completely new buildings could be put in their place to become the start of owner-occupied public housing. By having a mix of very low income earners with moderate income earners, it could provide a reasonable cosmopolitan mix that would mesh well with any efforts to get more businesses and workers here in Beacon. Conditions could be put in place that would result in loss of home and expulsion from the program if drug activities or other crimes are associated with a home. It only takes a small percentage of "bad apples" to ruin something, so a way to get rid of the bad apples would go a long way toward improving the whole situation.
I'm the founder of BEAHIVE and also a founding board member of a new nonprofit promoting a Local Living Economy in the Hudson Valley. We have several programs planned that will help draw and promote these kinds of businesses, including the TEDxLongDock event (or TEDx-type event) in the spring here in Beacon.
I don't know about an outreach program. Perhaps the people involved with the "Beahive" can promote more small businesses and manufacturers to make the move to Beacon.
Yeah, I wrote the same observation y'day on BeaconStreets.com: http://d.pr/SB4w
Interesting article. Does Beacon have some kind of outreach to encourage small manufacturers to locate here?
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