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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Jennifer Koozer

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Mind Our Dust: Supporting Businesses During Construction AICP CM 1.5

Supporting existing businesses during transit construction is a priority. Transit agencies, regional and city partners across the country have developed a wide array of assistance programs to keep businesses well-positioned during construction. What works? What doesn't? How do you get businesses to take advantage of the programs early and well in advance of construction? Explore a variety of programs with a wide range of services including how to carve out budget for business support initiatives, way-finding/directional signage, marketing, business counseling, technical assistance, loan programs, grants and peer-to-peer forums. Learn how to use support from partners to customize programs for each unique community.

Moderator: Terry J. Gruver, Vice President, HDR | InfraConsult, Phoenix, Arizona
Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jennifer Koozer, Community Affairs Representative, Trimet, Portland, Oregon
Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager, City of Saint Paul, Department of Planning and Economic Development, St. Paul, Minnesota

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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Jennifer Koozer

  1. 1. Supporting Businesses During Construction Rail~Volution September 22, 2014 Jennifer Koozer Senior Community Affairs Representative TriMet, Portland, Oregon
  2. 2. Spectrum of Business Support •Community-oriented construction •Doing business with businesses •Marketing and branding •Technical assistance •Loans and grants
  3. 3. Community-oriented construction Project-wide commitment across: •Disciplines (aspirational, technical, practical) •Levels (boots to suits) •Phases (design, construction)
  4. 4. Construction considerations Access Visibility Knowing what to expect Community Affairs Staff •Personal contact, connecting disciplines and phases •Accessible 24/7 •Proactive and responsive •Graphic design
  5. 5. Graphic design
  6. 6. Community-oriented construction CM/GC •Build relationships in design phase •Incorporate business needs in design and construction plans •Incentives in contract
  7. 7. “landlocked” business
  8. 8. Doing business with businesses Buy Local
  9. 9. Marketing and Branding
  10. 10. Marketing and Branding
  11. 11. Technical assistance Business workshops One-on-one consulting Financial literacy, business plans, HR Partnerships with universities
  12. 12. Loans Coupled with ongoing consulting Capital to position business for future success Low interest; support with application process
  13. 13. Grants Leverage opportunities with partners
  14. 14. Grants Leverage opportunities with partners
  15. 15. Community-oriented construction Project-wide commitment across: •Disciplines (aspirational, technical, practical) •Levels (boots to suits) •Phases (design, construction)

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