This year, we plan to work on increased signage and beautification for Uptown and are proposing to refurbish the Kiosk at the Thruway circle. We are dialoguing with the County on traffic flow in and around Uptown, including entrance to the City and traffic direction from the Route 32 corridor to the Thruway. We will continue to work with the City on parking, way finding, traffic lights, curb cuts and many other issues that affect us each day.
Member2Member Discount Program
Dear KUBA Member
This year we are initiating a Member2Member Discount Program in order to add another benefit of being a Kingston Uptown Business Association Member. The list of businesses offering discounts will be listed on the KUBA website, each business will receive a decal to display at their place of business and every member and their employees will receive their Member2Member Discount card for proof of membership.
This program will offer KUBA members and their employees the opportunity to:
- save money when making purchases at participating KUBA merchants
- stimulate new business through increased exposure and word-of-mouth referrals
- encourage KUBA members to patronize their fellow member’s business
Participation in the Member2Member Discount program is voluntary. However, the following guidelines have been established for the program:
- Discounts must be a minimum of 10%
- Discounts must apply to actual goods and services
- Discounts must be ongoing, and not a one-time only offer
- M2M discount cards will be issued annually in order to identify KUBA members who qualify for the discount
Please email Nancy Donskoj at Kingstonmsm@gmail.com
The Business Alliance of Kingston:
The Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) joins the Uptown, Midtown and Downtown Business Associations in the City of Kingston, NY.
To learn more go to: www.businessallianceofkingston.org www.businessallianceofkingston.org
This spring the long awaited Pike Plan Restoration Project will commence. Its improvements in lighting, water drainage, roofline and post supports will bring new attention to an attraction that has long been neglected.
Main Street Manager:
What does it mean to have a Main Street Program in the City of Kingston?
The Main Street methodology has been used successfully in many cities across the country to help revitalize its downtown shopping districts. It addresses the following four areas of concern and combines activities in these areas to develop a community's individual strategy for strengthening and redeveloping its business district.
Kingston is unique in that is has three distinct business districts, however the four point approach can be used independently and/or collectively for each of the districts.
The four points are: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.
Design – enhancing the commercial district’s physical environment by capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings, and creating an inviting atmosphere through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, streetscapes, and landscaping. The Main Street program also focuses on instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Economic Restructuring – strengthening a community’s existing economic base while also
expanding and diversifying it. By helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today’s market, the Main Street program helps to convert unused space into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises.
Promotion – marketing the commercial district’s unique characteristics to residents, visitors,
investors, and business owners. The Main Street program develops a positive promotional strategy through advertising, retail activities, special events, and marketing campaigns to encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.
Organization – involving all the commercial district’s stakeholders, getting everyone working towards a common goal, and driving the volunteer-based Main Street program.
Contact us for more information, or go to: www.businessallianceofkingston.org/3.html
Please join us at our quarterly meetings, as they will include something for everyone.