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Spartanburg Using Innovative Ideas to Bring Foot Traffic to Downtown

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

The City of Spartanburg says it's working to make downtown more attractive to you by filling vacant buildings and increasing foot traffic.

In order to do that, city officials tell us it's added more parking. It made improvements to Morgan Square to handle events like music concerts and ice skating. Now the city is welcoming the food truck business.

"That's what we've seen in other places," said Will Rothschild, City of Spartanburg Communications Manager. "Food trucks definitely appeal to folks."

The City of Spartanburg is beginning a pilot program that allows food trucks to park in six pre-selected downtown sites: North Church, North Spring, East Main, Commerce, Converse and East St. John streets. The city is encouraging vendors to rotate spaces.

Spartanburg is also in the middle of its Main Street Challenge. Winners will receive a one-year lease to open a business on Main Street. Nearly sixty groups applied. And the city hopes the challenge will bring in more jobs and places to shop.

"I would not be surprised if a couple more of those, beyond the three winners, end up opening a business downtown one day," said Rothschild.

The city claims these businesses benefit you in the form of hospitality tax dollars. For the last three years the city has seen an increase in hospitality tax revenue.

"That revenue flows in and helps us hold down taxes on our residents and business owners," said Rothschild.

The Main Street Challenge is an economic development contest for the City of Spartanburg. You can also help decide what business you want to see downtown.

The seven finalists will make their main pitches Wednesday, May 22nd, at 6:30 at The Showroom, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Avenue. Pitches are open to the public. Tickets are $5.

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