The 2013 SIP is Now Accepting Applications!
The City is now accepting new applications for the Storefront Improvement Program. The program is a reimbursable grant, up to $5,000, to fund exterior improvements to businesses in our Commercial and Limited Commercial districts. Click here for the full program guidelines. If you are interested in applying for funding, please fill out an application, or contact Stephanie Queen at 714-1240 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Funding is limited and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.
Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program Wins State Planning Award
The City of Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program won the ‘Best Practices’ award at the inaugural state planning awards banquet, held at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage on November 13th. See the full list of winners.
The Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association sponsored the event, which recognized six planners and projects from around the state for their contributions in making Alaskan communities stronger through planning. Stephanie Queen, the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Soldotna, accepted the award for her role in creating Soldotna’s storefront program, now in its second year.
Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program was established to help achieve several goals of Envision Soldotna 2030, the City’s long-range plan, including promoting economic development by supporting local businesses and beautifying the highway corridors. The program is open to business owners in the City’s commercial downtown, and offers matching grants of up to $5,000 each to fund a range of exterior improvements. By partnering with local businesses, the program aims to stimulate additional private investment in the community, beautify the highway corridors and commercial areas, and create a more vibrant downtown.
“This is a great example of how the planning process can improve our communities, “ said Maryellen Tuttell, AICP, President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association. “You often hear that plans just ‘sit on the shelf’ and it is nice to see when something from a comprehensive plan is put into action and makes a difference.”
SIP Program profiled in the Alaska Planning Journal
Read the article in the Autumn 2012 edition of the Alaska Planning Journal, and see the results of the program’s first completed project.