New Albany Renewal

New Albany Renewal is intended to serve as a repository for ideas relevant to preserving and restoring historic buildings, cleaning up neighboorhoods, revitalizing downtown, and improving the quality of life in New Albany, Indiana.

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Saturday, February 05, 2005

What Would You Do With $25,000

I read in the Courier-Journal today that the Jeffersonville City Council has decided to give each member $25,000 for special projects. This started me thinking about what I would do with $25,000. What needs in New Albany could be met with $25,000?

So, I chllenge you, if you had $25,000 to spend on a project that would benefit New Albany what would you do?

Please, no comments regarding the propriety of the Jeffersonville City Council giving themselves $25,000.


Blogger The New Albanian said...

Here's a quote from the same article:

"(Councilman John) Perkins said he wants the city to look into buying blighted properties, particularly along Spring Street, with the aim of reselling them to private investors."

Also noted was the fact that Louisville's metro council members get $50,000 each for "neighborhood" projects.

Having little clue as to the cost of things that aren't related to beer or buying out porno shops, I'll let this one pass.

10:50 PM  
Blogger bluegill said...

A few suggestions:

1. Hire a grant writer familiar with historic preservation/revitalization efforts and the agencies and foundations that help fund them.

2. Print fliers detailing the properties available downtown with their respective purchase/leasing costs and complete, detailed information about any potential tax benefits and loan programs. Post and hand them out at locations and events where creatives tend to congregate. Include contact information from tax records if the property is long empty, dilapidated, or otherwise not accounted for. This could be done about 400 times with $25K.

3. Pay for content management software training, enabling city employees to update the city web site that we all should be demanding. Perhaps Tribune employees should be included as well.

3a. Hire someone to actually answer calls at the phone numbers that will be posted on the web site above.

4. Lease and pay basic utilities for one of the $500 a month storefronts downtown for two years. Allow local arts and other non-profit organizations to submit proposals for use of the space for free-to-the-public events.

5. Pay for the search and screen committee necessary to find Chamber of Commerce President Greg Fitzloff's replacement.

6. Write a check to the owner of Adult DVD as an apology for harassment, lost revenue and general ignorance of the first amendment.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Brandon W. Smith said...

Develop a sleek, content-rich city website akin to Asheville's which includes a directory of "unique" attractions and establishments, updated menus for restaurants, etc. in addition to all of the relevant government info.

Not sure what the market price for that type of work is, but I'm guessing we could do it w/ $25,000 working through an IUS program (see prior thread).

8:16 PM  
Blogger The New Albanian said...

This just in:

Jeff council allotments vetoed; Mayor calls them political slush funds, by Alex Davis of the Louisville Courier-Journal

“Jeffersonville Mayor Rob Waiz has vetoed a plan to allocate $25,000 to each member of the City Council for economic-development projects of his or her choosing.”

9:52 AM  
Blogger Tim Deatrick said...

A suggestion, look at West Palm Beach downtown revitalization, NA could be there if it had the will to do so.

The bottom line is any downtown revitalization has to be an optimum mix of retail, commercial, residential,professional and intellectual variables and where is the intellectual going? away, why, because we aren't creating jobs that are retaining our intellectual capital

12:05 PM  
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8:06 PM  

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