It's a new way to bring business to downtown Geneva. The Geneva Local Development Corporation (LDC) is starting a Race for the Space, a competition for retail or commercial businesses to win a package of services for starting or moving a business downtown. Neighborhood Initiatives Director Sage Gerling this is a great opportunity for someone who wants to start a business downtown, but needs a little assistance.
Gerling says any sort of business can apply.
The competition is modeled after a similar contest in Ithaca. The winner would get storefront space and a year free rent, architectural aid and signage along with marketing help and a one-year membership in the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.
Interested applicants should visit geneva.ny.us for complete rules, regulations, and a pre-application. Pre-applications must be received by the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center no later than 4:00pm Monday.