Tanger Center creates business boom for downtown businesses

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Broadway is back, and that means business is booming in downtown Greensboro.

Business owners say the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts has created an influx of customers.

Regina Lynskey showed up at the Tanger Center ticket officer Thursday afternoon to get her ticker for the last day of the Broadway Performance “WICKED.”

“I’m coming from Pelham, North Carolina. I drove 45 minutes to get here, and it’s worth every minute,” she said.

“Three family members are coming from Chapel Hill to see ‘Porgy and Bess’ in January. When I say people are coming from all over the region they truly are,” Betty Cone said.

Tanger Center performances like “WICKED” brought thousands of people into downtown Greensboro.

“They are selling out really fast,” Lynskey said.

This means a business boom for people

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Downtowns are still the biggest job centers in most regions

The demise of dense downtown areas in the United States has been predicted throughout, and long before, the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to a new analysis released today by the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, downtowns are far from dying and today continue to be the largest job centers in most regions across the nation.

While the report identifies new and unique challenges facing downtowns due to pandemic-driven shifts in behavior and preferences, these changes are not likely to outweigh the things that have traditionally drawn businesses and workers to centralized urban areas.

“A century ago Henry Ford predicted that cities were ‘doomed’ due to the mass production of cars, and those same predictions have come with every communication innovation since, from telephone to fax to email to Zoom,” said Taner Osman, Research Manager at the Center for Forecasting and the report’s author.

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Greater Palm Springs Offers Resources to Succeed in Business


Palm Springs iHub

The “iHub,” a state-designed incubator managed by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, focuses on early-stage businesses advancing renewable energy, health and medicine, digital technology, and consumer product manufacturing. It acts as conduit between innovator and marketplace, mitigating start-up risks and increasing the probability of its resident and virtual businesses prospering and growing. cvep.com


Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

CVEP, a nonprofit organization established in 1994, works to attract, retain, and expand business to diversify the Greater Palm Springs economy and enhance quality of life. CVEP assists new and relocating businesses with strategic planning, financial forecasting, access to capital, technology, marketing, sales, human resources,
and more. cvep.com

Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center

The local branch of this national organization presents webinar workshops, one-on-one consulting,
and advice on marketing, funding,
and managing your business. SBDC Tech helps high-tech, high-growth, and scalable businesses kickstart

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Ken Gray to be a Guest Speaker on the Crisp Small Business Center Webinar

Ken Gray

Labor and employment attorney Ken Gray will be a featured speaker on the Crisp Small Business Center webinar on November 5.

His presentation, “Do a Double Take: Unraveling OSHA’s New Emergency Temporary Standard,” focuses on the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace. Here’s the course description:

On September 9, President Biden announced a new, six-pronged national strategy to combat COVID-19 while keeping businesses and schools open. This strategy will affect many employers across North Carolina. This session will provide up-to-the-minute guidance on issues such as whether the employee-count, for purposes of determining whether some employers are covered by the new rules or not, will include part-time, full-time, and temporary workers, who will bear the financial costs of weekly COVID-testing, whether the vaccine mandate will apply to remote workers, and whether employers will be required to pay employees for time spent obtaining tests and awaiting

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