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The Smithfield 2020 team
Smithfield 2020 is a project team dedicated to identifying, evaluating and promoting initiatives that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of the Historic District of Smithfield, Virginia. Its members include representatives from Historic Smithfield, the Isle of Wight / Smithfield / Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Historic District business owners, the Isle of Wight Arts League, the Town of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County Economic Development and the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism team.
Why is the project called "Smithfield 2020"? Two reasons. To imply clarity of vision - everyone involved has a shared commitment to where the initiatives are going. And to set expectations - while not all projects will take years to complete, reality dictates that many initiatives will be multi-year projects and some will be delivered in phases.
A list of completed 2020 projects is presented on the About Smithfield 2020 page.
Useful and commonly requested resources
Façade Improvement Matching Grant program
Smithfield 2020 will match up to $2,500 an investment made by a commercial property owner in the Historic District if the work significantly enhances the façade of the building or the landscaping in front of it. The details are available in the program guidelines.
Business Resource Centers
Launching a business may seem like a daunting task. 2020 partnered with our friends at the Chamber of Commerce to assemble information and links to available resources to get you started and help in navigating the regulatory steps to set up shop. Check out the Chamber's Getting Started in Business page and our 2020 Business Resource Center.
Measuring economic vitality in the Historic District
A report replacing the Visitor Trends uses a more direct measure of the economic vitality in the Historic District. Meals taxes, collected quarterly by the Town, have been aggregated for Historic District establishments and a ten year meals tax trend report has been compiled. (Sales taxes, a more accurate measure, are collected by the Commonwealth and reported only at the county or city level; isolating the data for a handful of Town businesses is not feasible.)