OUR VIEWS: Support local business improvements

Oct 17, 2012

 

The first round was very successful. A combination of hundreds of thousands of federal and private dollars had a huge impact on improving the appearance and value of numerous local businesses.

As you think about the importance of curb appeal, imagine how this benefits our area. It makes our business districts more attractive to shoppers, resulting in increased sales, which means more money spent in our community.

Unlike a "big box" store, these sales go directly to local storeowners, who in turn employ many local residents. These owners and residents spend money in our community.

This is what buying local is all about — keeping the money in our area to benefit our local economy.

Some people aren’t crazy about the idea of federal grant money being spent on something they view as frivolous. They feel there are other, more pressing needs that must be addressed — needs that outweigh cosmetic facelifts for area storefronts.

Regardless of whether you think facade improvements are an important investment to our community or a waste of money, what it comes down to is: The decision as to where these federal tax dollars are going has already been made.

The money is going to be used for this purpose somewhere. We’re glad it’s here.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

Comments

Wingmaster

Your logic saying the money is going to be used for this purpose somewhere so it might as well be here is sophomoric! To use your narrow mind few another way, crime is going to be committed somewhere too so it might as well be here right! Subsidizing business means they are not profitable and they cannot stand or compete in a free market. They are not viable because they are not offering customers what they want. It could be product, it could be location, service, hours of operation....WE NEED TO STOP TAKING MONEY FROM ONE SEGMENT OF THE PEOPLE AND GIVING IT TO OTHERS. They did not earn it and have no right to it. They want new building facades go take out a loan and do it if it is so critical to their business. Refund my tax dollars and we will see who does better with the money!

Tri-cities realist

"Some people aren’t crazy about the idea of federal grant money being spent on something they view as frivolous. They feel there are other, more pressing needs that must be addressed — needs that outweigh cosmetic facelifts for area storefronts." My thoughts exactly, on say things like reducing the deficit, shoring up Medicare, Medicaid, roads, heck just about anything OTHER than what it was EARMARKED for. And we wonder why we have TRILLION dollar deficits, it is this kind of PORK, and I blame both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. How shameful. The authorization for this spending should be repealed, that is the responsible thing to do. And how were the businesses selected to receive these grants? That would be the interesting part of the story.

Wingmaster

Ditto both parties are responsible for this pork. We the people are going to have to be the ones the scream loud and often regarding. Probably not gonna happen because more and more people are on the government nipple one way or another.

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santa

Most grants are made to fund a specific project and require some level of compliance and reporting. The grant writing process involves an applicant submitting a proposal to a potential funder, either on the applicant's own initiative or in response to a Request for Proposal from the funder. Other grants can be given to individuals, such as victims of natural disasters or individuals who seek to open a small business. Sometimes grant makers require grant seekers to have some form of tax exempt status, be a registered nonprofit organization or a local government. Thanks.
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