Thirty-one percent of Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce members say they would “be interested in locating their business and/or starting a business downtown” and 17% say they would “be interested in living downtown” according to the annual legislative and local issues survey this fall.
Thirty-three percent of respondents indicated “their business would not work downtown” while 12% say they “are not in favor of the downtown plan.” Six-percent of respondents had no response to the downtown question. The survey was completed by 23% of Chamber members during September and October.
“That means that nearly half of respondents would like to have a business and/or live downtown,” says Chamber President Jody Wassmer. “That seems to be fairly significant support for what the plans the city and county have initiated in downtown
The Chamber board of directors voted to support the “place-making initiative” plan last winter and subsequently took several members to
last May to see that city’s proactive downtown redevelopment. The group returned with the belief that Greenville, SC was on the right track to stimulate private downtown investment that would lead to increased commerce, tourism and economic development for the entire community. Owensboro