MONTROSE – The City of Montrose unveiled Tuesday a Retail Sales Enhancement plan for strengthening local commerce and strategically promoting Montrose as a destination city for both new business and repeat tourist visits.
The RSE, which aims to support and promote local business as well as offer affordable resources through the creation of a Small Business Resource Center, is a joint venture between the city and the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning.
According to Assistant City Manager Rob Joseph, the RSE will interface with the city's Tourism Promotional plan to enhance city’s image and focus on drawing more residents to Montrose, dissolving any notion that Montrose is simply a “pass-through” community.
The City's new Office of Business and Tourism, established in February, is charged with managing $600,000 raised in taxes collected from local restaurants, hotels and retail stores (funds managed by the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism until late 2012).
The RSE plan will strengthen partnerships between the city and the Downtown Development Authority to create and fund projects that enhance the city's business districts along the north, south and eastern gateways; a new Visitors Center near Main Street and Townsend Avenue is also being developed.
"The reality is, since the Visitors Center will be strategically placed in the downtown area. it will also help retail sales enhancement, particularly in the downtown area," Joseph said.
The 2014 RSE budget is totaled at $235,000; the TP budget is $338,000.
Councilors pronounced the two budgets’ low administration cost projections a good start in reinvesting tax dollars into growth.