This article by Cherise Madigan originally appeared Oct. 25 in the Manchester Journal.
MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Manchester Business Association says it needs more money to attract more visitors to town because visitors means more money spent in local businesses.
So it is requesting a portion of the town’s Option Tax to fund their marketing efforts in a proposal that would “certainly represent a big policy shift for the town” according to Selectboard Chair Ivan Beattie.The proposal was presented by MBA President Paul Carroccio at the Oct. 24 Selectboard meeting, resulting in an extensive discussion between Selectboard members and the many advocates of the association in attendance.
“We’re asking you to be our partner not only from a financial standpoint, but also in trust and a true commitment to what we’re doing, and our commitment to you,” Carroccio said. “We think that bridge needs to happen sooner rather than later.”
Carroccio went on to outline the similarities between the goals of the two entities, particularly when it comes to economic development; cultivating industries like tourism, arts and culture, and food; supporting entrepreneurship and business development; and enhancing the quality of life for residents and workers.
“`Incentives and partnerships can also be appropriate ways to accomplish goals. As in many human endeavors, progress is often best achieved through a balanced approach combining incentive and encouragement with regulations and restrictions,'” Carroccio said, quoting portions of the 2017 Town Plan. “`Implementation can also occur through direct action taken through citizens and leaders in the community.'”
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