Here is a cute article from the LB Herald regarding the LB Chamber of Commerce: Tannenbaum works to make chamber more ‘merchant-friendly’.
The chambers job is to further the interests of local businesses and advocate for them, etc. I just think Long Beach needs a big shot in the arm when it comes to boosting local businesses. Do you remember this from last November? SATURDAY NIGHT IN LONG BEACH!!! WOOHOO!!! (HOW CAN WE MAKE CENTRAL LB MORE OF A NIGHTTIME DESTINATION?)
Read the comments. Many residents are begging for a change!
I keep reading all these articles about local municipalities working with developers to re-envision their downtowns with smart & walkable development, transient-oriented (we do have a LIRR), etc. I realize that is not the chambers job, but so many of us residents are so anxious, sitting here dreaming up Long Beach future.
In Long Beach, whenever a vacant store is rented, it’s like playing the lottery: Do we win with an amazing restaurant like Lost & Found? Or do we lose with the same old use that we don’t necessary want or need? It’s just so hard when I see our two other Long Island communities taking so many steps forward.
- This is what’s happening in Huntington: The Paramount set to construct state-of-the-art radio studio inside downtown Huntington storefront
- This is what’s happening in Patchogue: Patchogue mayor’s focus for 2015: Making village more family friendly
Since I started this blog in 2008, the same old topics keep coming up with what we want in Long Beach: (Hospital, aside), So many people here want a music venue, performing arts center, arts space, work/live type housing, a redesigned Waldbaums & types of businesses and restaurants which we lack. We tried Imagine Long Beach, but uhh.. that was a bit of a power struggle… (or so it appeared)… and it unfortunately went nowhere. Trees and the new Art Council will help, but is it enough?
Rather than working on ways on how to attract new members, our chamber needs to look at the overall pitcher. Do everything you can to better our downtowns & attract new businesses and the new members will come to you. Perhaps we should have some sort of summit hosted by the chamber or city. Have it similar to the boardwalk redevelopment meetings where us residents can discuss what direction we’d like LB to go, what businesses we would like to see and what’s feasibility. I just think the best way to further the interests of local businesses is to give our downtown a real shot in the arm. Step out of the box, try to figure out what the people in Long Beach want and come up with a plan how to get it.
I know, I’m just babbling.