MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.-- The Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce has proposed putting up banners throughout the village to raise awareness of local businesses.
Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Kane and Executive Director Caroline Loeb presented a proposal to the Mount Kisco Village Board on Aug. 12 that would see more than 80 banners in the village.
Kane said the goal is to have 120 banners throughout Mount Kisco. The Chamber is looking for the village's help in offsetting 40 percent of the cost.
Kane said a program like this will show off the diverse businesses Mount Kisco.
"We have depth, breadth and scope," Kane said. "We want to let people know what Mount Kisco has to offer."
The chamber has been working on the proposal for more than a year and has the support of the village board.
"This is something we've been working on for quite some time," Mayor Michael Cindrich said. "We want to make the downtown shopping district more festive and brighten up the community."
Cindrich said they will solicit input from the beautification committee to make sure the banners are appropriate for the downtown.
"We want to make the banners have a theme," Cindrich said. "Maybe between Thanksgiving and Christmas we can have a holiday theme and from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, we can have a holiday theme."
The mayor said it is important to spend money to help keep the downtown viable, and that other thriving retail districts have banners.
The village board plans to hold a work session in September to discuss the issue further.
Kane said it is helpful for the chamber to be working in cooperation with the village board.
"It literally takes a village," Kane said. "They are very important cogs in the wheel."
Mount Kisco lost its anchor store when Borders Books closed down, but Kane said the downtown is starting to recover.
"More businesses have opened than closed since Borders closed down," Kane said.
"Borders has become a non-issue," Kane said. "Our businesses feel they are on the rise."
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