'Think St. Charles': New Website Promotes St. Charles as a Business Destination

‘Think St. Charles’: New Website Promotes St. Charles as a Business Destination

Why St. Charles from City of St Charles on Vimeo.

The city of St. Charles has launched the Think St. Charles website, an all-in-one resource for business owners looking to set up shop or expand their existing business in St. Charles.

The website provides essential information regarding demographics, city services, business incentives and initiatives, and the business-community relationship in St. Charles. All the information is neatly organized in an attractive, visual and easy-to-read package, with links for business owners to find out more.

The website has everything from an interactive map that shows all available St. Charles business sites to demographic information and business incentives.

Video testimonials from business owners give a firsthand look at why they chose St. Charles, and what other owners can expect when doing business here. The videos cover topics such as working with city staff and leadership, how enthusiastically the community embraces the “Shop Local” mantra, area workforce and transportation availability, and the unique features that draw both residents and businesses to St. Charles.

“The city of St. Charles is committed to creating a welcoming environment for businesses,” said Economic Development Division Manager Matthew O’Rourke. “We designed this site as a helpful, easy-to-use resource to showcase that St. Charles is a great place to live, work, and do business. We want businesses to choose St. Charles as their new home.”

For more information, contact O’Rourke at morourke@stcharlesil.gov or 630.762.6924.

SOURCE: city of St. Charles news release

Available Business Sites

Click here for an interactive map showing St. Charles business sites.

Demographics

Click here for demographic information.

Incentives: A Sampling From the Website

The city of St. Charles and partner organizations offer a variety of incentive programs to assist new and existing businesses.  Certain incentives are designed to rebate new sales and/or property tax revenue.  Other programs support the modernization, modification, or repair of physical structures. The following list highlights St. Charles’ incentive programs:

TIF

The city of St. Charles has adopted a formal Economic Incentive Policy that provides guidance and a detailed process for developers/businesses interested in TIF assistance.  Remember, creating a TIF District is a State regulated process and properties must meet these eligibility criteria to qualify.  Contact City staff to see about working together on your project.

Click on this link to review the city’s  Economic Incentive Policy.

Sales Tax Incentives

The city of St. Charles has adopted a formal Economic Incentive Policy that provides guidance and a detailed process for developers/businesses interested in tax rebate incentives.  If your business or development creates new revenue, the project may qualify for the city’s Economic Incentive Policy. Contact city staff to see about working together on your project.

Click on this link to review the city’s  Economic Incentive Policy.

facade-improvement

Façade Improvement Grant – 50/50 matching grants (up to $20,000) are available for businesses/buildings in the city’s Historic Districts. This program assists with improvements to building exteriors that preserve the historic nature and aesthetic appeal of the city’s historic properties.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Façade Improvement Grant information page.

corridor-impCorridor Improvement Grant – Businesses along the City’s commercial corridors and downtown are eligible for the CIC program. This program provides 50/50 matching grants for landscape improvements that improve the aesthetic appeal of St. Charles’ major thoroughfares.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Corridor Improvement Grant information page.

commercial-incentive

Commercial Corridor and Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program – This program offers 50/50 matching awards (up to $25,000) for permanent structural and life safety modifications.  Eligible improvements include plumbing, electrical, fire sprinklers and alarms, and structural repairs. Funds are restricted to retail and service businesses on the 1st floor of commercial buildings in downtown and major commercial corridors.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Commercial Corridor and Downtown Business Economic Incentive Program information page.

storefront-improvementStore Front Improvement Grant – The Downtown St. Charles Partnership (DSCP) offers financial assistance (up to $1,000) for downtown businesses looking to enhance their appearance through new signs, awnings, and lighting.

For more information, please contact the Downtown St. Charles Partnership at 630-443-3967 or by visiting their website at www.downtownstcharles.org.