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Downtown Vitality Act Town Hall
November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
MassCreative will host a Town Hall with Rep. Tony Cabral at the Co-Creative Center of New Bedford on the Downtown Vitality Act from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.
The event is open to the public and will take place immediately before AHA! New Bedford.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Register for the Town Hall HERE.
Small business districts rely on vibrant, walkable areas to attract sufficient foot traffic to succeed in a challenging commercial environment. Online retail is one factor siphoning dollars away from local economies, contributing to economic and cultural displacement. Massachusetts has the foundation for success with historic areas, urban squares, town centers, and rural villages, but lacks the funding mechanisms necessary to scale local innovation and create systems of management capacity at the local level.
The Downtown Vitality Act (H.228/S.130) would reinvest 5% of remote retailer tax revenue back into our main streets and downtowns to support staffing and operations of cultural districts, business improvement districts, main street associations, and parking benefit districts in Gateway Cities and other low-income communities.