A Business-Friendly Community Can Make All the Difference

By on March 30, 2015

From The Southern:  Business owners face many challenges when looking for the perfect community for their new venture. A business-friendly community can make all the difference.

From the beginning, navigating the necessary paperwork can stall the process or even shut down the deal.

Gary Williams, economic development coordinator for the city of Carbondale, said cities need to make the process as easy as possible.

Williams, who spent 15 years in private real estate development for national companies, knows what it’s like on both sides of the fence as a private developer and as a city developer.

“I would tell you that as someone that has been charged with pre-construction and development of over half a billion dollars in real estate projects, the most important thing to me and my peers was being able to move efficiently through a municipality’s approval process,” Williams said. “It’s far more important than any incentive that a city can provide.”

Communication is also key.

“It is most important for the rules and requirements to be clearly communicated and not subject to change,” he said. “Developers are constrained by firm deadlines and tight budgets and don’t have time to deal with uncertainty and unclear regulations.”

According to Williams, a friendly regulatory environment helps development.

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