SYRACUSE -- City residents are expected to receive a business directory including all of the existing businesses within city limits, as part of an ongoing emphasis on getting people to shop locally.
The city’s Community Development Department circulated a rough draft of a proposed city business directory during a recent city meeting. City leaders recommended some small potential changes to the directory before it goes to press. The compilation includes home-based businesses and commercial enterprises in the community, according to City Manager Robert Rice, who said every company with a city business license will be listed in the book.
Officials stressed what an impact it has on sales tax revenue for the city, when residents spend their dollars locally. Rice said every 1 percent gain in sales tax revenue represents approximately $27,000 more in city coffers.
Mayor Jamie Nagle said selling local shopping is an ongoing concern.
“It’s such a battle with our residents to help them to go west instead of east,” Nagle said.