Businesses are a key aspect to a strong neighborhood. Recognizing this, Corcoran Neighborhood is refocusing time and resources on businesses in Corcoran. CNO has established an Economic Development Committee, which is cultivating a fully-occupied and stable real estate environment through strategic support and collaboration with property and business owners.
Economic Development Committee Priorities
After a year of research, discussion, and planning, the Economic Development Committee has approved the following long term and short term priorities (adopted by CNO Board 5/12/16):
Short Term Priorities (2016-2017)
- Build and leverage relationships with stakeholders, including Community Development Corporations,
- Business Associations, and other relevant partner organizations.
- Solidify our relationships with businesses in Corcoran.
- Increase community member engagement with and support of neighborhood businesses.
- Recruit retail businesses for 2225 East Lake Street.
- Enliven/cultivate the 23 rd Avenue and 35 th Street node.
Long Term Priorities (2018-2020)
- Improve street presence and curb appeal of Corcoran businesses.
- Provide ongoing support to retail businesses at 2225 E Lake Street.
- Support business networking and collaboration between Corcoran businesses.
- Provide technical assistance to Midtown Farmers Market vendors.
- Secure long-term funding and staffing for Economic Development.
Economic Development Programs & Projects
- Storefront Matching Grant
- Midtown Farmers Market Try It! Program
- Entrepreneur Training
- Business Spotlight Articles in Corcoran News
- Bike Racks on 35th Street & 23rd Avenue
For more information and questions about the committee, contact Vanessa Haight at [email protected] or 612-724-7457. The Committee Chair from the CNO Board of Directors is Matt Kazinka.