What is the Business Alliance of Kingston?
The Business Alliance of Kingston (B.A.K.) was formed as organization in 2007 to support and connect the three distinct business groups in the City of Kingston: Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA), Kingston Midtown Business Association (KMBA) and the Rondout Business Association (RBA). BAK is a coalition of business leaders from the three business districts working together to further develop the economic vitality of the City of Kingston while celebrating each individual district's unique character.
In 2009, the Business Alliance of Kingston hired the City of Kingston's first Main Street Manager. Using the Main Street Four Point approach a series of initiatives were put in place.
The Four Points are:
- Design – enhancing the commercial district’s physical environment by capitalizing on its best assets, such as historic buildings, and creating an inviting atmosphere through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, streetscapes, and landscaping.
- Economic Restructuring – By helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today’s market, the Main Street program helps to convert unused space into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises.
- Promotion – marketing the commercial district’s unique characteristics to residents, visitors,investors, and business owners.
- Organization – involving all the commercial district’s stakeholders, getting everyone working towards a common goal, and driving the volunteer-based Main Street program.
To help our community prosper by supporting locally owned independent businesses through education, networking, advocacy and citizen involvement.
Board of Directors:
Uptown: Tom Jacobi, Kevin Quilt, Bill Oderkirk
Midtown: Teryl Mickens, Thomas Cingel, Pat Courtney Strong
Rondout: Ann Loeding, Larry Zalinsky, Sandy Henne
On March 18th 2011 Pat Courtney Strong, the president of BAK and Nancy Donksoj, BAK's Main Street Manager presented the goals, accomphishments and future plans for the Business Alliance of Kingston at the CPC's Hudson Valley Main Street Summit that took place an the 721 Media Center in
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Banners Along the Kingston Corridor
Design Charrette at 721 Media Center
with the hope that this charrette will inform the City's efforts to recruit a developer.
The redevelopment of this blighted property at 615 Broadway would be a great leapforward in the revitalization of Midtown Kingston.
Leading local and national architects participated in this charrette.