Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2010

Development committee accepting grant applications for facade improvements, sponsoring website training course

November 18, 2010

As the Tonganoxie Retail Commercial Development Committee looks to make money available to the city’s businesses to improve their appearance, its chairman is soliciting new members and ideas from the community.

Bill Peak, Tonganoxie City Councilman and committee chairman, said the committee has distributed applications to businesses for matching grants for façade improvements. The committee has $1,000 for the grants and is committed to providing two matching grants of $500 for improvements.

The deadline for application is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and grant recipients will be announced Dec. 15, Peak said.

Qualifying projects must cost at least $1,000 and improvements must be made to the street-facing side of a building, Peak said. Businesses in all sectors of Tonganoxie can qualify, but those downtown will be graded higher in the selection process. Other selection criteria that would increase a project’s score include its ability to increase: the business’ marketing potential, services and shopping opportunities to Tonganoxie and property values.

The projects are not to be routine maintenance. Examples of qualifying projects include signage, tuckpointing, awnings, landscaping, window lettering, exterior lighting, painting, siding, doors, windows and ornamentation.

Applications can be found or dropped off at the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce office, 304 West Street or P.O. Box 838.

Another initiative offered through the committee is a four-week program available to Tonganoxie business owners wishing to create websites for their businesses. The cost of the classes is $100, with $50 refunded to those completing the four-week course. The cost includes a one-year website hosting and instruction fee.

The classes will be in January and February and the deadline for registration in Dec. 1. Those interested should email Cheryl Hanback at info@tonganoxiechamber.org.

The committee is interested in the beautification of Tonganoxie, community events that draw people downtown or to the community, anything that helps retain businesses and attracting new businesses and opportunities, Peak said.

Peak said he was sure others in the community had good ideas to help with those goals. He invited interested individuals to either join the committee or one of its sub-committees focused on beautification, retention or recruitment.

The committee meets at least once a month, with the monthly meeting usually scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, Peak said. Those who would like to attend a meeting or join the committee or one of its subcommittees should call him at (913) 845-2852, he said.

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