An­swer­ing ques­tions about Springville City eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Craig Conover Springville City Coun­cil

growth­how playsIt seems it woul­dand hap­pen­sthatbe de­vel­op­menta a and good lit­tle what thing in­for­ma­tionin role­for Springville, ev­ery­o­nethe about city to un­der­stand.Get­ting busi­nesses to lo­cate here is hard and takes many hours on the part of city staff and the mayor and coun­cil where we have to bal­ance a very thin line of what makes the most sense when putting to­gether an in­cen­tive pack­age from the city for the busi­ness. If we give away all of the sales tax for a cer­tain pe­riod of time, is it worth it to the com­mu­nity as a whole? If we help with in­fra­struc­ture as an in­cen­tive, is that worth it for the com­mu­nity, and how much should all this equate to? How much should we of­fer at the ex­pense of ex­ist­ing busi­ness? There are many ques­tions and there is not al­ways a very def­i­nite an­swer.

For ex­am­ple, we have sub­mit­ted the names of more than 50 dif­fer­ent busi­nesses we would like to see lo­cate on the pad sites in front of Smith’s. They are do­ing their best to find busi­nesses to lo­cate there, but with­out the Smith’s ac­tu­ally open it is a much harder sale.

As far as what kind of busi­ness lo­cates in a com­mer­cial zone, it re­ally is not up to the city; we have to cre­ate a zone and can­not ex­clude cer­tain uses in those zones or it be­comes spot zon­ing, which is against state law. So, if some­one comes with a busi­ness

idea that they want to build and they fit in­side the zon­ing box, we as a city can­not stop them just be­cause there is al­ready an­other busi­ness like them in the city.

Over the past cou­ple of years, we have added some great new busi­ness here in Springville - maybe not the places to eat and na­tional chains that many would like, but our sales tax num­ber con­tinue to stay strong and even grow some­what. A few that have come or will be open soon are Stan­dard Plumb­ing and True Value Hard­ware, Smith’s Mar­ket­place, a Mit­subishi car deal­er­ship, Tracker Boats, Zions Bank and Jimmy Johns, and those are ones that have built build­ings. There are oth­ers that have lo­cated in ex­ist­ing build­ings. We con­tinue to pro­mote our com­mu­nity and are seek­ing af­ter busi­ness ev­ery day. Just in the past month, I per­son­ally have spo­ken with three dif­fer­ent peo­ple about dif­fer­ent busi­ness ideas they have and where they could lo­cate. It all comes down to money and de­mo­graph­ics - if there enough pop­u­la­tion to sus­tain their busi­ness model. The larger na­tional chains have it down to a sci­ence when look­ing for a place to lo­cate, know­ing ex­actly what the de­mo­graph­ics have to be to sus­tain their busi­ness model. I wish at times there was a magic box to get the ex­act busi­nesses ev­ery­one wants and make it so they would lo­cate here. The best thing that cit­i­zens can do is go to those com­pa­nies’ web­sites and make re­quests for them to come here. If they see enough from a cer­tain spot, it may help in their de­ci­sion as to where to lo­cate.

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