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Haltom United Business Alliance asks Haltom City to track inquiries about starting a new business

HALTOM CITY, TX, Sept. 20, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — In June 2021, Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) has learned that Haltom City does not follow up on requests to start or expand a business in the city.

In July last year, HUBA delivered a research report to Haltom City Council, City Manager and staff which included this recommendation: “The Haltom City Economic Development Corporation [should] start tracking phone calls and inquiries from people about new businesses opening in the city…. »

“In the year since the city received this recommendation, no action has been taken,” said HUBA communications director Joe Palmer. “For the city to know how well its efforts to attract small businesses are working, it needs to track inquiries and compare itself to similar cities,” Palmer added.

“Without counting the points, it’s impossible to know if Haltom City is behind in the competition with neighboring cities for startups,” said HUBA founder and Small Business Activist Ron Sturgeon.

In addition to tracking inquiries and benchmarking, HUBA recommended that the city conduct an annual census of businesses in the city so that it can measure the success of economic development efforts.

HUBA believes that bringing small businesses back to the main southern and central corridors of Haltom City is key to revitalizing these areas. HUBA is looking for candidates for Haltom City Council who will take the necessary steps to ensure that the City of Haltom wins the competition for new small businesses.

If you are interested in running for Haltom City Council or have ideas to help with the revitalization effort in the south and center of Haltom City, please contact Joe Palmer.

About the City of Haltom
Haltom City is a mid-sized city located between Dallas and Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas. The city is diverse and predominantly working-class, with a growing population of about 10% Asian American and 45% Hispanic. Haltom City benefits from being only minutes from DFW Airport and downtown Fort Worth, with direct access to major freeways including I-820 and SH-121. Small businesses that historically provided products, services and jobs to residents included a once-thriving automotive industry. The city has seen a decline in small businesses, especially automotive companies. The city is in good financial shape, with the median household income increasing by about 8% over the past year. Haltom City has an opportunity for continued growth with undeveloped land and many vacant buildings, especially in major corridors near downtown. The town has good staff and a city manager who wants to see more businesses come to Haltom City, but they can only follow the directions of the city council.

About Haltom United Business Alliance
The Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) represents existing business interests in Haltom City and also strives to promote the growth of diverse businesses. Founder Ron Sturgeon recently co-authored and published a new book – Keeping the Lights on Downtown in America’s Small Cities – which offers key strategies for revitalizing America’s downtowns. All Haltom City business owners are eligible. Dues are $20 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership, and membership is 100% confidential. For more information contact Joe Palmer by phone at (682) 310-0591 or email [email protected] or visit the HUBA Facebook page.

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