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Guzman to bring evaluation team to Alta in July

Thursday, May 8, 2003

The head of the Main Street Iowa program will be coming to Alta later this summer to evaluate the entire business community, and economic development officials say the visit could prove to be the starting point of economic revitalization in town.

Dr. Paul Hill, a member of the Alta Economic Development Committee, addressed the City Council Monday night about Thom Guzman's planned visit to Alta, which will take place July 29-30. Guzman is the state coordinator of Main Street Iowa, which helps provide money to towns for downtown revitalization efforts.

Guzman and a team of economic development experts will interview people in the community to get an accurate assessment of the town, and will then make recommendations on ways to make the business climate of Alta more attractive for future entrepreneurs.

During the visit, Guzman will interview every owner of a Main Street business, will talk to each member of the City Council, Alta School District Board of Education, and other organizations, and will also spend time with as many town citizens as possible. He will be asking for honest input on the positive and negative aspects of Alta, and will use that data to evaluate the physical, social, political and economic shape of the town.

The two-day evaluation from Guzman and his team will cost $2,500.

Hill said the visit may also help lay the foundation for a possible bid from Alta for future Main Street Iowa funds.

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