To encourage, foster, and facilitate positive economic development within the neighborhood. Acting as an intermediary link between residents and businesses, the committee is focused on bringing value to the neighborhood that addresses community needs and creates opportunities for businesses to thrive.
The Economic Development Committee meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM on ZOOM until further nothice. Check our calendar for call-in info!
Who Should Get Involved
If you’re interested in working collaboratively to foster positive economic development, the Economic Development committee wants to hear your ideas. Join the next monthly meeting to be a part of interesting discussions and important initiatives aimed at supporting existing businesses and assisting new ones.
SOSNA Goes Out
SOSNA Goes Out began as SOSNA Dines Out - an event brings neighbors together to dine at a local restaurant on a weeknight. In 2018, the program has expanded to include SOSNA Works Out and Goes Out to engage other types new businesses in our commercial corridors. These events give residents exposure to a new business they may not have been to before, and it generates revenue for the business on nights or days they may otherwise not have many patrons during a typically slow evening.
In 2018, SOSNA began working on a two-phased neighborhood welcome packet with the following goals:
Promote and grow local businesses
Provide access of local business information to SOSNA residents
Determine commercial future needs
Create/Maintain a database of all businesses within SOSNA to track longevity and success.
The website, currently being developed by Coded By Kids, will be a go-to resource for places to take your kids, where to eat, and more.
Monthly Business Promotions
As a pilot started in late 2018, the committee gathers information about discounts, deals, and other details from local businesses and organizations for the upcoming month and shares via SOSNA’s email listserv. This is with the goals of creating more foot traffic to local business establishments in the colder months of the year, spreading the word about business deals, and encouraging neighbors to eat, play, and shop locally.
Washington Avenue Development
The main purpose of the Washington Avenue sub-committee is to help place commercial tenants, facilitate local hiring and then support the businesses once they move into the retail spaces on Washington Avenue. The Economic Development Committee aims to engage with developers and the tenants to publicize the opening, facilitate local hiring and then promote the business once it opens.