Earlier this month, JRC hosted a workshop for enterprise homeowners and stakeholders in the neighborhood. The workshop featured Jaime Izurieta, who is called “The Storefront Man.”
City Core director Frank Besse described Izurieta as an out-of-town skilled with intensive expertise within the enterprise group who has a “ardour” for downtown storefronts and important avenue companies.
The JRC’s workshop included a presentation by Izurieta, a dialogue with native enterprise leaders and a tour by the downtown area. Besse mentioned the workshop offered a chance for native companies to study “finest practices,” completely different concepts for storefront areas, how JRC, the Division of Growth and different organizations can assist the downtown space and the way the group can work collectively to “create a way of identification and enhance the walkability and connectivity of downtown Jamestown.
As a part of the workshop, Izurieta challenged enterprise and group leaders to contemplate a “sense of identification” and uncover the issues that make Jamestown distinctive. He inspired enterprise leaders to develop a “sense of satisfaction” in the neighborhood.
“The large factor was to type of educate and encourage downtown enterprise homeowners to suppose somewhat in another way about their storefronts and their roles,” Besse mentioned.
Following the workshop, JRC has already seen enterprise homeowners show an curiosity in bettering their storefronts. Whereas Besse mentioned particular particulars relating to potential enterprise enhancements can not but be disclosed, he believes the workshop achieved the aim of motivating companies to contemplate optimistic modifications.
“I feel we’ve had some actually nice conversations already with of us that want to do issues to enhance,” he mentioned. “A number of various things are being mentioned, however what we’re seeing is folks taking the fabric from the workshop and speaking with their workers, speaking with their enterprise companions, speaking with their landlords about concepts that they’ll implement.”
Whereas many enterprise homeowners have been impressed to contemplate implementing new methods or enhancements for his or her companies, Besse mentioned different enterprise homeowners discovered affirmation in Izuieta’s presentation. He acknowledged the period of time, care and element that goes right into a profitable storefront is a serious dedication.
“It gave them somewhat confidence that they’re heading in the right direction, that they’re doing issues which can be significant,” Besse mentioned. “It was good to listen to from them that they really feel like they’re heading in the right direction.”
Shifting ahead, JRC hopes to implement some grant funding alternatives for the companies that attended the storefront mastery workshop to assist the companies obtain their enchancment targets. Within the meantime, Besse mentioned native companies are already working with design professionals, development contractors and different potential companions to take the subsequent steps to enhance the downtown area.
“Certainly one of one of many issues that we all know is that if everybody can type of do their half to make issues extra lovely and extra inviting, that’s going to make downtown have somewhat extra buzz and power and promote these companies, so folks learn about them.”
By working collectively to enhance the “aesthetic degree” of downtown Jamestown, Besse believes native residents might be inspired to stroll extra and go to native shops extra often. He pressured the significance of every enterprise and group making a concerted effort to enhance storefront areas to create a “compound” impact that would profit the entire group and make Jamestown “a greater place.”
Whereas the workshop and the storefront mastery program was meant to encourage and facilitate enchancment for native companies, Besse mentioned this system additionally serves as a reminder of the significance of the JRC’s work within the downtown area.
“It’s serving to educate and empower enterprise homeowners to see the place they play that function, however then additionally, when these enterprise homeowners want to tackle further steps to do a greater job with their storefront, that places stress not directly and immediately on the Jamestown Renaissance Company, on town, to be sure that we’re holding up our finish of the cut price,” he mentioned.