The city should consider clearing all the lots around City Hall, and all the way down to the corner of Sumpter and Price in efforts to attract office buildings, banks and high-end shopping plazas. There should be another entrance into city hall through Price Blvd. A samll DOWNTOWN NORTH PORT is possible.
Tax incentives are only “marginally important,” A thriving downtown will sell itself to business prospects.
Streetscaping and facade-improvement projects help make downtowns feel more welcoming.
Holding regular events and attracting a hotel where visitors can stay within walking distance.
Providing plentiful free parking, build roads to give people a reason to drive through the area.
Marketing downtown as the best place to shop and dine and developing gift certificates that can be used throughout downtown.
Putting together a monthly newsletter to keep people informed about the efforts.