Saving Downtown Santa Barbara with Consultants

City Hires Private Firm to Craft Strategic Plan In response to downtown’s protracted retail woes, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to spend $84,000 to hire a private economic consulting firm, Kosmont & Associates, to help craft a strategic plan to bring local shoppers to the central business district. Previous studies have repeatedly concluded that…

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Local Governments to Play Major Role in Opportunity Zone Projects

State and local governments will likely play a significant role in both identifying and supporting Opportunity Zone Fund projects. State and local governments will likely play a significant role in both identifying and supporting Opportunity Zone Fund projects. While governments won’t be Opportunity Zone Fund investors—because they don’t pay income tax, they will play an…

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