Belfast Latest Municipality Dubbed Business-Friendly
Business-friendly is a title the city of Belfast is proud to uphold.”It’s a good recognition of what we’ve been trying to do in the past few years in Belfast, trying to cultivate and attitude of, we want business to come here, start here, grow here, survive here,” says Thomas Kitridge, Belfast’s Economic Development Director. In a ceremony at city hall, the state Department of Economic and Community Development named Belfast the 24th business-friendly municipality.”Belfast has absolutely shown that they are business friendly and this award today is well deserves,” says George Gervais, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.It’s a process that forces them to look at what they’re doing to help their community.”They have to look at their permitting, and licensing processes, and they have to look at the timelines to get through a planning board, and all these things are very important to business,” says Gervais.”We’ve had a city hall, and a city staff, that’s been really welcoming,” says Patrick Reilly has been doing business in Belfast for two years now. He took over as captain and owner of the Amity, a sailing excursion business. He says working with the city has been a breeze.”The town council has been really supportive and really proactive, too, about getting business here, and obviously it’s getting busier, and busier every year,” says Reilly.”It’s the fact that a lot of different things here, between hardware stores, restaurants, and tourist attractions like sailing, and the dock, so, there’s just about everything you could imagine here for somebody to come, whether they’re a tourist or a business person,” says Richard Wolownick, from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s staying in Belfast for a month with his wife.”I think any community that chooses to pursue this, and it is a choice, is telling the world that they want business to come to their doors and they’ll help them succeed in any way that they can. We want 400 municipalities to jump on board with becoming business friendly, because that automatically makes the state business friendly,” says Gervais.