The New Year holds great promise for events, projects, and plans that will continue to enhance our image and reputation as a very special place: one that offers exceptional amenities and economic opportunities along with the highly sought and often elusive quality described as “small town feel”. These are some of the elements that positively distinguish us from other places and foreshadows our continued success in building our brand:
At the December 10 meeting the City Commission voted unanimously to approve moving forward with developing a sustainability management plan for the City. It is anticipated that another agenda item will be forthcoming at a January Commission meeting to review a proposal for a two day training seminar to develop a citywide sustainability management plan.
A few years ago a long-time tech worker who now owns her own business told me that places with a foodie reputation attract tech industry workers – in addition to everybody else. Enhancing our foodie paradise reputation is an important building block in our brand. We are becoming known as a “foodie paradise”, with an article in Dine Magazine (https://www.dinemagazine.com/new-smyrna-beach-foodies-paradise/) calling us “Florida’s Foodie Destination”.
The General Public House is now open on Canal St and with other restaurants has created an evening economy in our mainland downtown. A new restaurant, Riptides, is anticipated in 2020 on Third Ave near Dunkin Donuts.
We are also known for our small, independent businesses, and expanding those businesses is one key to the health of our local economy. This year new efforts are anticipated to help our small businesses grow – by broadcasting our business assistance resources in new ways, and establishing a “small business desk” at the City to provide or broker specific services. (Please see some of our business assistance resources listed below.)
It is anticipated that a maker space location will be announced, which would provide a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring, and sharing - using a variety of tools and equipment including 3D printers, cnc machines, soldering irons, and even sewing machines. Maker spaces foster entrepreneurship and have been used as incubators and accelerators for business startups.
There may be one or more co-work spaces established, where independently working individuals or small business owners share office space and common lounge areas, with wi-fi and separately rented conference rooms as needed.
A Tractor Supply store is under construction at SR 44 and Corbin Park Rd. Other projects anticipated for SR 44/Third Ave include:
The aerospace activity at Kennedy Space Center offers a huge opportunity for all of Southeast Volusia. The Southeast Volusia Manufacturing and Technology Coalition is working to attract aerospace companies moving to this region to locate here; and to grow our existing businesses by serving aerospace companies. Check out these websites and reports for more information:
In general, here’s a quick look at what forecasters are saying:
The New Year will also see the implementation of the recently adopted Economic Development Plan Update, which will be posted on the City’s website later this month.
We have good momentum and the forecasts are positive for our area – a great outlook for 2020!
For further information, contact
Tony Otte CEcD