Nevada City’s future must be collaborative |

Nevada City’s future must be collaborative

Nevada City business owners and city officials jammed together Wednesday morning in City Hall during a symbolic display meant to illustrate a town working together creatively.

A good-sized crowd attended the downtown meeting that began with a rhythm circle on percussion instruments. Vice Mayor Sally Harris moderated the meeting. Representatives from the Nevada City Economic Enhancement Team, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Improvement District also spoke.

Working to market the town on a more regional level with its sister town Grass Valley seemed to take center stage at the meeting. Howard Levine, Executive Director of Grass Valley’s Downtown Association was in attendance.

Nevada City can learn a lot from Grass Valley, said Jim McConnaughay, new Chairman of the BID. He said Nevada City needs to follow Grass Valley’s lead by lowering annual dues and offsetting the loss in funds through fundraisers, events and grants.

“We have a successful model four miles away,” McConnaughay said.

A revised dues assessment will go before the BID board on April 3. The revised dues must be approved by the city council in October and won’t go into effect until 2008.

Some business owners voiced frustration for things such as loitering, late-night drunkenness and neglect of the town’s appearance.

Officials revealed that a new community service officer will hit the streets next month to reduce loitering and parking issues. Also, the Chamber of Commerce announced by-laws were changed to limit presidential terms.

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