Who are they kidding? They want to bring new businesses to town, put lofts on the second floors of the commercial buildings? Have a business that will be open later at night for the new tenants and/or owners that are going to live in the lofts upstairs?
Are these people living on Mars? Planning to revitalize the town the way trendy young people have done all over the cities and towns in the US and across the world?
The cigarette capital of the world! PLease, wake up! The trendy kind of people you want to attract to Seymour want clean air, fresh food and veggies. They won't go to any park events and breathe the foul air, listen to their children cough, sneeze, rub their eyes and get sick with allergies. Who ever is daydreaming this stuff is way out of touch with reality.
You can't eat at any place except McDonalds because there is no smoking there. It is always busy, jammed and makes a lot of money. Doesn't it occur to anyone that there is a reason?
No I don't think it does.
Who is going to teach these chess players how to play chess? People don't have conversations around here. They talk about the weather, a church meeting, but sustained conversations, discussions, no no. Nothing that even hints of divided opinions can even be considered.
All the store fronts are empty for a reason. Don't you know what the reasons are?
There are no jobs in Seymour. The utilities are sky high. Which businesses are prosperous? The dollar store, the hair dressers, the super market, the auto supply stores. And they aren't exactly prosperous except maybe for the dollar store and the super market that desperately tries to hold its own with Shetler's.
Shetler's is always busy. Have you wondered why? Go ask them and find out why.
The doublewide storefront on the police side is asking $1000 a month. Plus utilities. Plus inventory. Plus any help. Do you realize how much money a store owner would have to make a month just to Break even? Who wants to work for free.
This country is in a major depression and will be for at least another decade and probably more.
I would suggest town meetings and have the citizens brainstorm all and any ideas they have for what they want. And if they smoke at these meetings, you are only going to get people there who smoke. Even if they don't smoke in the meeting itself, these people stink of it: their hair, their clothes, their breath. The demographics of a smoker are : lower education, poorer health, lower income. than the average.
You have a problem folks. You want to attract people who will want something trendy and attractive? Do you think they want to spend time with people who chew and spit either? Would they want to live in a place where their children see that? I don't think so.
Start with the cigarettes. A no smoking ordinance in town, in any business, on the streets, and hopefully not blowing out the car windows all the time as they ride by.