HALTOM CITY, TX, Nov. 04, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Local businessman Ron Sturgeon would like to see south and central Haltom City prosper again. Not too long ago he announced an initiative to revitalize South and Central Haltom City with a focus on making Haltom City the most business-friendly town in Tarrant County.
Bringing back small businesses is crucial to bringing Haltom City’s aging hallways back to life, he says. He is putting his message on billboards throughout Tarrant County and has posted his plan on the MakeHaltomCityThriveAgain.com website. So far, over 1,500 visitors have come to the site during the short time the billboards have been installed. Sturgeon’s immediate goal is to find candidates for the next election in May 2023.
“I’m extremely happy with the results, especially the many emails from people wanting to help,” Sturgeon said. “Many of them thank me for taking on this task as they have watched Haltom City decline and know that without this campaign nothing will change,” Sturgeon added.
“I think it will take ten years to repair the damage done to the local economy and reverse the damage caused by the city’s practices that have driven so many small business owners away from Haltom City and produced the vacant buildings you see in major city hallways,” Sturgeon said.
On the website, Sturgeon explains his motivations and gives details of a proposed plan for the city. The site also includes a series of videos that cover aspects of the initiative. The initiative is also supported by a Make Haltom City Thrive Again Facebook page.
“City leaders ignored the concerns of small business owners in the city for years,” Sturgeon said. “They don’t view the city’s small business owners, especially those who own businesses in the city but live elsewhere, as Haltom City stakeholders.”
“We asked the city to open up its committees related to economic development to volunteers who own a business in Haltom City but live elsewhere and they ignored the proposal,” Sturgeon said.
One of the changes Sturgeon wants to make to bring business back is to change the city’s usage matrix and make other changes to city codes so that city council doesn’t have to approve everything. by micromanaging so many new businesses. “Until Haltom City improves its value proposition relative to those of surrounding cities, it will continue its downward spiral, attracting fewer businesses and residents,” he said. The current matrix does not even allow a dry cleaner in all but one commercial area, this is just one of dozens of restrictions affecting businesses.
He hopes to see the city create zones, especially in the south and central parts of Haltom City and along NE 28th Street with more relaxed codes and guidelines, so that more businesses can open in all condemned buildings. of these areas.
“Haltom City has a great opportunity with so many new people coming to Tarrant County every week,” Sturgeon said. “The key is to become business-friendly and start bringing small businesses back to the main corridors of Haltom City, one at a time,” adds the entrepreneur and small business advocate. He also says more businesses will reduce the tax burden on Haltom City residents, a laudable goal.
Last year, Sturgeon wrote and published a book, Keeping the Lights on Downtown in America’s Small Cities: The Critical Role Small Businesses Play in Bringing Back Jobs and Prosperity. The first edition is nearly sold out and is available on Amazon, and Sturgeon says many books have been ordered by city council members and other city officials across the United States because of the book’s many five-star reviews.
The second edition of the book, with 5 new chapters outlining everything he has learned over the past year, will be released in late 2022. Sturgeon is actively seeking candidates to run for City Council and Mayor who are business-friendly and like Haltom City. He expects it will take several years to put new management in place, leaving behind his legacy – a town of Haltom which is the most business-friendly town in Tarrant County.
About Make Haltom City Prosper Again
The Make Haltom City Thrive Again website offers information and resources about its purpose and goals. To learn more about Sturgeon’s personal insights and background, check out his book Keeping the Lights on Downtown in America’s Small Cities and watch the videos on his Facebook page. Ron is also the founder of the Haltom United Business Alliance (HUBA) which represents existing business interests in Haltom City and also promotes the growth of diverse businesses. HUBA is not a political action committee and does not endorse candidates. If/when Ron approves any candidates, he will do so alone with the Make Haltom City Thrive Again organization.