Fort Lee Business District Alliance will hold a symposium updating local business and property owners on borough remodeling and available developmental resources

The Fort Lee Business District Alliance (BDA) will host a symposium for local store and property owners on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:30, in the council chambers in Borough Hall on 309 Main Street.

The symposium will update the business community on what changes are happening in town and what the BDA can do to help them compete and grow.

Please RSVP by September 14th by email— or call the office at (201) 585-6099.

Established by the borough, the BDA’s mission is to be a resource for the business community. With big changes happening to Fort Lee’s infrastructure, the BDA is working to ensure structural improvements are taken in stride and capitalized upon.

“Everything happening in Fort Lee is interrelated,” said Stuart Koperweis, Executive Director of the BDA. “An improvement in any one area of our borough affects the entire community. So when we update something as foundational as our infrastructure, we want to ensure everyone understands what changes are happening, what they mean for the public and how to best take advantage of new opportunities.”

An increase in foot traffic is expected to follow infrastructure improvements. Recently completed refurbishments of Main Street have already attracted new faces to the downtown area. The BDA will provide the business community with resources to capitalize on the influx of people.

Some of the offered resources include storefront enhancement assistance, internet business spotlights and seminars on digital marketing. Though in order for any of these resources to be successfully utilized, the BDA and the business community must strengthen lines of communication.

“We need to get our local businesses and property owners on the same page. But before that, we have to get everyone in the same book,” mentioned Koperweis.

According to the 2010 census, 38.4 percent of Fort Lee’s population is Asian. Nearly a quarter of the residents are Korean. In order to encourage and advance communication, a translator will be present at the symposium.

“One of the most exciting things about Fort Lee is our diversity. However, this has the potential to raise problems of cohesion among the population, especially in light of ambitious developmental projects. We want to usher in all these great changes to our borough with the philosophy that everyone is part of the community—that we’re all Fort Lee together.”