The Town of Johnstown has implemented a number of changes to the way it interacts with local business owners in order to develop more meaningful community connections; this includes hiring a new Economic Development Manager, creating a Business of the Month program, and organizing monthly business-walks.
Johnstown, CO - June 15, 2021 - The Town of Johnstown is excited to be able to engage with local businesses in new and dynamic ways with its new Business of the Month program, Biz-Walk program, and new economic development staff.
In April of this year, the Town hired its first ever Economic Development Manager in an effort to create and collaborate in more meaningful business community relationships. The goal of an economic development office is to ensure that existing businesses remain successful thereby keeping jobs and opportunities local. Initial projects from the Economic Development Office include the Johnstown Cash program, revamping the Facade Grant Program, and updating Johnstown’s Economic Development Incentive Policy.
Johnstown’s new Business of the Month program is aimed at recognizing local businesses in the service, commercial, or retail industry who provide an invaluable contribution to our community and residents. Awarded businesses are recognized officially by Town Council and are featured in Town social media and highlighted by signage at their physical location. The inaugural recipient, recognized on June 7, 2021, is The Original Heavenly Cakes at 116 Charlotte St. Residents can expect the Business of the Month to be announced at the month’s first Town Council meeting and are encouraged to stop by and #SupportLocal.
In addition to the business outreach that comes with the new Business of the Month program, the Town Manager and Economic Development Manager are also conducting Biz-Walks once a month; business walks designed to develop stronger partnerships with community businesses so that the Town can develop more effective responses to help businesses grow and expand. This month, the Economic Development Manager and Town Manager visited 21 North Brewery and Tavern, the Johnstown Lunchbox, and Canine Cuts Grooming Salon.
Local businesses create jobs, support community goals, contribute to local culture and identity, and generate tax revenue. As a tight-knit community, Johnstown’s local businesses are also neighbors, friends, and family so when you can, please #ShopLocal.
Looking for additional information about the Economic Development Office or any of the programs noted above? Visit the Town’s website johnstown.colorado.gov/economicdevelopment
Jamie Desrosier, Communications Manager