FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2017
Grant assists new and expanding retail businesses in Downtown Longmont
Longmont, CO: The Longmont Economic Development Partnership (EDP), City of Longmont, and Longmont Downtown Development Authority partnered to award Georgia Boys a combined $22,500 in Retail Conversion Grants as part of a Downtown Longmont grant program to assist new and expanding retail businesses converting formerly non-retail spaces in Downtown Longmont.
Georgia Boys, whose bbq shack on Collyer St. has become a staple on the Longmont culinary scene since it opened six years ago, recently expanded into a new flagship eatery at 250 Third Ave. across from their original location. The new expanded location offers a full-service bar in addition to the walk-up order counter.
For its part, the Longmont EDP awarded Georgia Boys a $7,500 Retail Conversion Grant funded by the City of Longmont.
“Part of our mission as an economic development organization is to support Longmont’s local retail sales tax generating businesses, particularly in the creative arts and culinary sector. We are delighted to support the growth of a longtime, successful business here in Longmont serving as another great destination in our community,” said Jessica Erickson, President of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership.
The Downtown Development Authority also awarded Georgia Boys a Retail Conversion Grant of $15,000, as well as a Façade Improvement Grant of another $10,000.
“The LDDA was happy to support Georgia Boys BBQ’s redevelopment project to convert the previous Our Center space into their new, expanded Longmont location. They were awarded our Retail Conversion and Façade Improvement grants totaling $25,000. We are thrilled to still have them in the Downtown District where they have designed a unique space to enjoy bbq, drinks, and music.”
The City of Longmont and Longmont Economic Development Partnership Retail Conversion Grant program is a reimbursement grant program targeted at for-profit, retail storefront businesses in the Downtown Development Authority District. The grant program provides a grant of up to 25% of eligible project costs, not to exceed $7,500, for qualifying improvements. Additional matching funds may be provided by the Downtown Development Authority, subject to DDA approval prior to project commencement. To be eligible for the grant, the business must generate more than 50% of their revenue from sales taxable transactions, be located in a storefront on the ground floor of a building in the Downtown Development Authority District with an outside entrance accessible to the public, have prepared an acceptable business plan, and be licensed in the City of Longmont and in compliance with all City codes and regulations.
More information about the Longmont Economic Development Partnership Retail Conversion Grant and the application can be found on the Longmont Economic Development Partnership website at www.longmont.org.
About The Longmont Economic Development Partnership: The Longmont Economic Development Partnership is a public/private 501c(6) non-profit economic development organization serving the greater Longmont area. As Longmont’s primary agent for economic development, the Partnership leads a comprehensive and collaborative economic development strategy to promote and strengthen the Longmont community’s economic health. The Longmont Economic Development Partnership offers a variety of services and resources to support the relocation, retention, and expansion of business in Longmont and serves as the gateway to Longmont for all businesses.
About the City of Longmont: Longmont, Colorado located within Boulder County, is a 22-square mile city with more than 300 days of sunshine and a spectacular vista of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of 90,000, Longmont sits at an elevation of 4,979 feet above sea level. With more than 1,500 acres of park and open space, a robust craft beer scene, thriving art culture, fresh dining opportunities, and a Main Street teaming with new energy, Longmont is perfect for everyone from young families to those young at heart. Longmont is also home to high-tech companies and a nationally recognized school district. Longmont is conveniently located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.
About the Longmont Downtown Development Authority: The LDDA encompasses 242 acres spanning 1st Avenue to Longs Peak, and Martin Street to Terry Street. The mission of the Longmont Downtown Development authority is to develop, support, and promote a vital and valuable Downtown Longmont.
Through strategic development and programs, the LDDA makes downtown appealing to businesses, residents, and visitors. The LDDA also manages the parking fund and a General Improvement District at the direction of the City of Longmont.