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Hot topics for downtown Waynesboro

March 24, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

About 35 downtown Waynesboro businesspeople gathered at TranquiliTEA on Thursday morning to learn about a number of topics affecting the community's future.

  • Full-time downtown manager - The president of the nonprofit organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc. said he expects to hear within 60 days whether the group has been approved for a grant to hire a downtown manager. The hiring should occur by the end of the year.

  • Business incentive grant program - The details of state Sen. Terry Punt's initiative are being hammered out; he hopes to have it in place by July 1.

  • Revisions to the sign ordinance - The Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce has put together a 15-member task force to review proposed changes to the borough's sign ordinance and will issue a report in three or four months.

  • Events - The Chamber of Commerce is planning changes to its holiday festivities. It will invest in four Christmas trees instead of a single one that has, in the past, been placed in the middle of center square. The annual Christmas parade will be more Thanksgiving oriented. Also on tap are a car show, the triennial WaynesboroFest, Octoberfest and market days.

  • Downtown business guide - A Chamber of Commerce intern, Laura Beck, is preparing a guide for the 143 businesses in the town center zone. The 7,500 copies would include a basic listing without charge, but businesspeople will be able to invest in additional advertising.
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