The Arizona Republic will regularly ask West Valley elected officials to share their thoughts on issues.
While much of the West Valley is relatively younger than other parts of metro Phoenix, there are several businesses in the area that have been around for many decades.
This week’s question: What specifically does your city do to keep longtime businesses within its borders from either closing shop or relocating to another area?
Elected officials in El Mirage, Glendale and Youngtown did not respond to the question.
Have a question you want answered? E-mail West Valley Editor Wyatt Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Litchfield Park, in a proactive measure to promote local businesses, started a program in January 2014 called ‘Shop the Park.’ The purpose of the program is to encourage residents and visitors to shop with Litchfield Park businesses.
“In a joint effort with local businesses, the city distributes information at special events and online to promote city commercial entities. The city also sends out an online newsletter called ‘Shop the Park’ with promotional material. Many of the city retail businesses provide promotional material, including coupons and discounts, on a regular basis. For more information, visit www.litchfield-park.org.”
— Economic Development Director, Jim Rumpeltes
“Our approach in Surprise is hands on! Our small business adviser is in constant contact with locally owned businesses, helping with expansion, lease renegotiation, relocation or any issue related to their continued success in Surprise. Best of all, adviser Al DeAngelis was a career small-business owner himself before retiring to help businesses in Surprise.
“We have a strong bond with our very active Regional Chamber of Commerce, whose offices are adjacent to City Hall. At our Az TechCelerator, we nurture promising local startups in an environment of cooperation and community commitment. It adds up to a thriving, business-friendly community.”
— Mayor Sharon Wolcott
“Buckeye supports our local business through partnerships with groups such as the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce and Buckeye Main Street Coalition. Organizations like these encourage people to shop locally and use local services so we as residents and local business owners reap the greatest economic return.
“We also promote local business by hosting events to drive new customers to Buckeye’s retail establishments. We continue to invest in grant programs for established businesses to make exterior facade improvements, and we are currently working on infrastructure/amenity enhancements to benefit the businesses in the downtown area.”
— Vice Mayor Eric Orsborn
“Avondale takes proactive steps to sustain ongoing relationships with our businesses to ensure their growth and success. The city continually seeks input from the business community to help us develop programs that meet their needs and assist in increasing their visibility, revenues and long-term viability.
“For our small businesses, we offer a Small Business Academy, a business-lending program to provide access to alternative funding, a facade-improvement program in our historic area, and we host and support numerous special events to drive business traffic. Our economic development department meets frequently with private-sector employers to find out how they’re doing and ways we can support them.
“Avondale also has an aggressive Shop Avondale program to encourage residents to shop local and support Avondale’s retailers.”
— Mayor Kenn Weise
“Goodyear is committed to being a city of opportunity; therefore, business retention starts the first time we meet with a business.
“We make businesses aware of state and city programs, business resources and the development process. City representatives also ask questions and try to anticipate immediate and future needs. Additionally, we strive to make periodic contact with businesses so that issues can be addressed as they arise as well as to inform them of ways to grow their business. For example, Goodyear’s Innovation Hub is a great resource for small businesses and startups that provides informational resources to encourage growth.”
— Councilwoman Sheri Lauritano
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