Bringing new business to town

Bringing new business to town

Posted in the Junction City Forum

bob

Manhattan, KS

#1 Apr 6, 2009
How or what can the citizen's of JC do to help recruit new business to the area? Why does Manhattan appear to have an abundance of retail and we have empty store fronts?
Jack

Wichita, KS

#3 Apr 6, 2009
We need to not elect Johnson and Marcus because the only business thay will foster will be their own.

Since: Apr 09

Junction City, KS

#4 Apr 6, 2009
Bob, I think the reason Manhattan is booming should mostly be credited to K-State. Ft. Riley may have something to do with it, but every year you get new faces from the college looking for a job.

Yes, a sustainable and reliable work force is what is needed. So what do you get when the workforce consists mostly of thugs and bangers. One tends to lose the reliable part.

Damn said we should not rely on Ft. Riley which is true. But if the Fort dies so does JC. Example, when the Fort was constructing the gates and the Grant Ave exit / entrance was closed the business on the Ave. suffered.

The way we reign in the "Slum" lords is by tearing down the houses. But then what, who gets to develop the property the house was on? The City takes control and develops the land, more debit, more spending and not much interest.

Damn said something about the caught criminals cleaning up the City. What would you have them do?

I think we have questions but no answers. We as a community most pose questions then propose possible solutions. We then need to discus the solutions amongst our peers. Hopefully with a end result everyone could live with.

Since: Apr 09

Junction City, KS

#5 Apr 6, 2009
Oh yeah Johnson and Marcus are not the solution.
no free rides

Manhattan, KS

#6 Apr 6, 2009
I believe we have been doing this all wrong.

Tax the filth and blight. Give property owners who maintain and keep up with their buildings a break.

Reduce the tuition at the local community college. Any one who scores above average on the entrance exam gets a break. This town needs young people to grow!

Investors needing financial incentives to relocate here. Need to upfront give 5% of what the abatements are back to our parks & rec. dept. Can you imagine what our community could look like? What a celebration 4th of July would be?

If you need housing, food, or medical assistance you too must give back to the community. 20 hours of community service a month is probably a good start. Geary County may find not so many people would need the assistance anymore!
bob

Junction City, KS

#7 Apr 6, 2009
What exactly is Spirit of '76? How is it connected to the E.D.C.? Who are the board members? What benefits do these entities bring to the area?
GEESH

Junction City, KS

#8 Apr 6, 2009
ALL I know is we need places to eat in town, a new movie theater (multiplex), and more things to do in this town..
bonehead

Baxter Springs, KS

#10 Apr 7, 2009
The Sprit of 76 is basically a black hole to throw money at a business without showing up on the city debt. It started way back when Mobil Traveller was sold and failed. It gives the city money to bribe companies to come here as well as other wasteful ventures. As far as getting business to come here just look at what the long time business people are paying in property tax and you will understand why it is hard to get them here. With prosperous income at the first and fifteeth of the month it just isn't attrctive to move here. This has been going on for over 50 years. If the "old money" or "popular people" see a small business start up in their area of comparable enterprise, they bitch and complain and block to run off these small successful businesses competition (the Harley Shop is a good example). Wal Mart just couldn't be stopped that is why they are here. The Sears building is taxed at about $30,000 per year. How do you pay that and everything else and still make a living. It is too late to give any breaks to exsiting businesses or homeowners because of the knee jerk response to the military. We should have LOWER property tax if the local government would just use conservative common sense and quit acting like the whores we had on Washington street years ago.
bob

Manhattan, KS

#11 Apr 7, 2009
I was informed that most franchises do not want to come to JC. We need to identify; what exactly the problem is before it can be rectified? Demographics do not support what the market demands are, or so I am told. How is it that Cracker Barrel a major chain franchise was enticed, but others are so leary about coming here?
GEESH

Junction City, KS

#12 Apr 7, 2009
cracker barrel is doing great business and is always busy I dont see them leaving anytime soon atleast i hope not
bonehead

Baxter Springs, KS

#13 Apr 8, 2009
Geesh, you are correct. Cracker Barrel is doing well. So is every other decent sit down place that stays here. I know one thing about any resturant. If you serve crappy meals you don't stay in business long. The Italian place next to Sirloin Stockade is a prime example. Eating places won't get us a better city. Good jobs that have decent benifits are key. Just don't give away millions of dollars without an ironclad contract of performance and payback of all incentives if the business closes or moves away. The Spirit of 76 is a prime example. They are leasing (for now) to Capgemini for about 12,000 a month but paying over 80,000 a month on the building. Horizons threatened to leave so the city used Spirit of 76 to build them a 4 million dollar building. Now they are in trouble and looking at cutting jobs or closing. Oh, no property tax will ever be collected on either property because the city ownes them. Go figure, this new and old bunch of yahoos better get with it and fix some of this crap. But with a commission made up of landlords, bank officers, realtors, and selfish assholes I don't see any change coming, just a different color of shit.
geesh

Junction City, KS

#14 Apr 8, 2009
Well maybe since Capgemini building is a City owned building they could move the Police Department and Sheriff's Department into it and make it a joint lawenforcement center lol.
k-Mike

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Apr 8, 2009
I had heard there was a new call center moving into the Capgemini building. Any truth to that? I also heard that the Empire call center was shutting down.
Remember

Baldwin City, KS

#16 Nov 10, 2009
Capgemini? Who are they?
Tom

Junction City, KS

#17 Nov 11, 2009
Capgemini? Who are they?
They are a call center company that made a deal with Barnes and the commission. They got the city to build a building worth millions and rented it to them for less than 25,000 a month when the payment is still over 80,000. They moved out after a year or so and continue to pay rent and have only paid half of the penalty for not meeting employment numbers. The building is owned by the city and has NO property tax collected from it. Another brilliant deal set up by the EDC, Spirit of 76, and City commission under the watchful eye of Rod Barnes
taxpayer

Wichita, KS

#18 Nov 11, 2009
Tom wrote:
Capgemini? Who are they?
They are a call center company that made a deal with Barnes and the commission. They got the city to build a building worth millions and rented it to them for less than 25,000 a month when the payment is still over 80,000. They moved out after a year or so and continue to pay rent and have only paid half of the penalty for not meeting employment numbers. The building is owned by the city and has NO property tax collected from it. Another brilliant deal set up by the EDC, Spirit of 76, and City commission under the watchful eye of Rod Barnes
Honestly, when we look at all the EDC contracts that we know about that have gone bad(Capgemini, Edenspace, Amarillo Bioscience, Unplugged Cities, Spherion, Empire), it's like the EDC members have no business experience at all.
Common

Baldwin City, KS

#19 Nov 11, 2009
Maybe one common thread is Rod Barnes. He was in charge of hiring in the past and now hiring for the future. He resigned yet retains power to run our city today and hire for our tomorrow. The new city manager needs to hire own staff. Where is our assistant city manager.
Tom

Junction City, KS

#20 Nov 12, 2009
By the deafening silence from all reading here know the truth has been spoken. It amazes me that all of our public officials never respond to anything on this site truthfully. All are in conflict of interest at every meeting but disregard any comments made here or in public. The cure for them is to call executive sessions. The call to stop spending was and is being ignored. The call to change the way NRP is allocated, ignored. The investigation they said would be open to the public isn't even updated in the paper. This is a private firm WE hired so there shouldn't be any problem giving updates while the investigation is ongoing. I think I will stop commenting here and just forward my comments to the State Attorney General. At least I might get a response. What say you city government?

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