You've probably seen the TV ads for "Start-up NY", the state program that offers tax-free (or maybe just tax-reduced?) status to businesses opening or re-locating to NY. I checked the website, and it appears the program is geared toward very large businesses/manufacturers. That may be a great program for the large businesses, but I think a program for small businesses could benefit towns such as Beacon. What's to prevent Beacon from starting its own, small-scale version of this program, geared toward small businesses? I grew up in Bradenton, Florida, where a very large piece of land was created on the city waterfront (on the Manatee River) by filling behind a seawall, with the expectation that development would occur, and tax revenues would result. The land sat EMPTY for about 20 years before it was developed. The city could have offered a limited-duration tax-free status to businesses as soon as the land was available and I'm pretty sure they could have had the businesses that are there today (or earlier equivalents) MUCH sooner, with tax revenues eventually coming in. The point of this story is that if you wait for things to happen, they might take a lot longer than you think, or never happen at all. With jobs being in pretty short supply in Beacon, it seems an effort to promote small businesses through a tax-deferment program could be a win-win for everyone involved. Perhaps partnering with private entities, such as the old Beacon High School (Bulldog Studios?), could have the desired outcome; the city could offer rent subsidies to get businesses started. There must be other locations in Beacon waiting for small businesses to fill in. The wait could be shortened with the proper incentives.