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Death By Chain? New England's endangered local retail and small business

  • Aurora 276 Westminster Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)

Death By Chain? New England's endangered local retail and small business 

Thursday, October 20 | 5:00 to 8:00pm

Aurora Providence
276 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island

New Englanders value locally-owned businesses that sell products with local flavor. They are also committed to building codes that preserve the environment, public health, accessibility, and building safety. Unfortunately, these two impulses can come into conflict. Small business owners might not have the resources to meet local regulations or satisfy federal financing requirements. Franchises and other chain stores have larger regulatory and legal staffs to handle these issues, but national chains detract from the uniqueness of shopping in a New England downtown. This panel will address this tension and discuss ways to overcome barriers to vibrant retail development while maintaining a commitment to responsible building practices.

CNU New England is proud to partner with R Street, The American Conservative, and Brown University Urban Studies to address the barriers to nurturing small business and creating vibrant retail in New England towns and cities. The dialogue will feature panelists Cliff Wood, Executive Director of Downtown Providence Parks Commission, Kip Bergstrom, former Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Margaret Bodell, a Connecticut-based art center consultant with experience repurposing storefronts, and Anne Haynes, Director of Transformative Development for MassDevelopment. Moderated by Jonathan Coppage of R Street.  

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Cosponsored by R Street and The American Conservative.