The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership is pleased to announce Hampton City Council approved the creation of an Arts and Cultural District in Downtown Hampton and in Phoebus, which will become effective on January 1, 2016.
This district will increase awareness and support of the arts and culture throughout Hampton, and will also stimulate economic development opportunities through various incentives. The incentives include reduction of certain permit fees, reduction of special event fees, and increased awards related to Economic Development Authority grant programs; these incentives are in addition to the incentive programs offered by the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership.
image | Bob Harper Photography for Downtown Hampton.
To qualify as an arts or cultural business, the business must either present or host live performances of theatre, dance, music, or other physical works created by artists, or be a business whose primary economic activity generates or utilizes innovation, knowledge, and information involving creativity, skill, and talent (which may include advertising, architecture, art, culinary arts instruction, interior design, among other designations). Museums may also qualify as an arts and culture organization.
Hampton City Council members also voted to change the ordinance to make the permit process for businesses to provide outdoor dining easier; this will improve the image of traditional commercial areas along with providing more seating for restaurants in older buildings.
The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic health and quality of life in Downtown Hampton. The Partnership strives to manage private and public sector resources to create the best possible environment in which to live, work, shop, visit and do business.