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Poll: Bringing Business to Glen Cove

What might be done to draw new businesses to Glen Cove?

As the recession hit, businesses in the city began to close as did so many throughout the country. The trend has persisted, with closings ocurring faster than new stores are opening.

Patch's "Empty In Glen Cove" series has sought to highlight some of these vacant spaces and get your ideas for what new businesses might fit in each of them, and many readers have offered a variety of opinions as to what the city needs if things are going to change.

Of course, there are many factors that go into opening a business - and certain factors can prevent those with the capital or the creativity from taking a risk.

Are the taxes at the local level too high? Or is it the state you think is the real problem?

Is the permitting process a deterrant for new ventures?

Perhaps Glen Cove's geography doesn't make for the best place to open a business that needs high tourist traffic - or could some small but significant changes make it a destination?

If you are or ever have been a business owner in Glen Cove, or know someone who was or is, and you have a story to tell, please share it in the comment section below, and give us your ideas for what could use a change for the better.

JohnnyontheSpot April 06, 2012 at 10:31 AM
New startups can be given a break by the city giving a hold on income taxes for the first two to three years, thus allowing more hiring. Secondly, the city can work with the local banks to vouch (not co-sign) for any new small business loans for startups (up to a certain dollar amount) to help new businesses have a better chance of getting early credit and financing. The only thing I can say about permits is the red tape has to get cut out so that permit request processes move more quickly. Fees for these permits are pretty cheap in comparison to running a business already. Another option is to let all the initial business fees and smaller taxes be deferred for the first three years (for start-ups...large or small), then pay in the fourth year. The 3-5 year mark is usually make or break for businesses. The deferrment will at least allow more money for start-up businesses to get their feet on the ground. Lastly, if you really want jobs, you have to bring some type of large manufacturing job to Glen Cove, or even allow a hydroelectric company (creates electricity with turbines in the water), while giving them a huge tax break. The money that will be lost on the tax break will be more than made up in taxes that are generated from employees working at the location/organization and in the local area because they will likely also spend money that will generate more sales tax for the city. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX....geez!
cc April 06, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I guess you want city hall to go out of business?
myob1776 April 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
All of the above. Plus, let's make the downtown area more pedestrian-friendly, expand the sidewalks along Glen street, maybe by getting rid of parking on one side. There's plenty of free parking available in the two garages, no need to add congestion by providing it on the street as well.
Micah Danney April 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Some fresh ideas, thanks.
LT April 18, 2012 at 04:03 AM
We need a spark, something to draw people into Glen Cove in the first place. How about changing the movie theater into more of a high end art movie theater? Show those hard to find, highly acclaimed films, in a great environment, complete with bar, and people will come from surrounding areas for dinner + + . Will lead to new wave of great restaurants, specialty shops, etc. Roslyn & Huntington have done very well with their arts theaters and helped surrounding businesses...no reason we can't do the same.

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