Bringing New Businesses
Kingdom City wants drivers to stop zipping through and instead stay a while, and more importantly spend some money. The city is focusing on new heights for the town as business builds up.
Right now, travelers say Kingdom City is a one-stop shop, but a sweet deal could be in the works for Kingdom City. It would bring big business to a town where most people are just ready for a quick break.
"We've got one motel looking at it, we've got a furniture store," said business owner Vernon Vanenglenhoven.
Vanenglenhoven says the bottom line is that he wants to get those drivers onto his land. And things look good, as business owners have already started buying up the property.
"Basically we want out of real estate," said Vanenglenhoven. "We shouldn't be in it in the first place. We're trying to sell it to developers."
Vanenglenhoven says this is because more business equals more tax revenue, which is something he promised voters when he was re-elected last week to the city's Board of Trustees.
The board hopes that keeping travelers here longer will also have them spending more money.
"We've got really friendly people here, people work hard. It's a great place to live," said Vanenglenhoven. "So why wouldn't you want to stick around?"
This is a question Vanenglenhoven hopes will bring people to town and make them come back later.
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