Local Government The City of Buckeye’s Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for its Catalyst Program.The Buckeye Economic Development Catalyst program in the past few years has assisted several local businesses to rehabilitate their facilities. Buckeye Economic Development Director Len Becker said the deadline for application for the rehabilitation/expansion program is September 1.Becker explained that the program offers up to $25,000 for existing Buckeye businesses who are seeking to expand, rehabilitate their building, beautify their streetscape or provide public amenities such as landscaping, public parking or lighting.He recommended that interested businesses download and review the detailed program guide and applications for the program from the City’s Economic Development website. Those documents and additional information are available on the Catalyst Program web page.“This information will help them determine their possible eligibility for the program,” Becker said. “Staff along with community groups such as the Buckeye Main Street Coalition and others will begin reviewing applications as they are received to determine those that are eligible to begin the process.”After that review, recommendations for the applicants to receive the assistance will go to the Buckeye City Council on Sept. 6 for consideration.Joe Blanton said his Millstone Café improvements would not have been possible without the financial and professional assistance of the program.World map showing countries by nominal GDP per capita in 2008, IMF estimates as of April 2009. Sbw01f’s work, but converted to an SVG file instead. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)“The City of Buckeye’s Economic Development Department staff was extremely helpful and encouraging throughout the process,” Blanton said. “We are extremely thankful to the Mayor and City Council who have made this Catalyst Program available.“Improvements to existing businesses will help to revitalize the area, which is good for everyone!”Becker said that 16 Buckeye businesses have taken advantage of the program in its first four years.Becker explained that the $100,000 budgeted for the program this fiscal year would give qualifying Buckeye businesses the leverage and support they need to improve their place of business and as a result, provide additional sales tax revenues and job growth for the City.The core components of the program include the rehabilitation of existing commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties by offering up to $25,000 toward improvement costs which must be matched at 25 percent by the applicant.All commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Buckeye are eligible to apply.The improvements could include building expansions, renovations, permanent landscaping, public parking facilities, code compliance remediation and other improvements to enhance the growth of existing businesses. Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said the Buckeye Economic Development Catalyst program has had a positive impact on the city, its retail and commercial business owners and Buckeye residents.“It’s only human nature that when things around you improve, you feel better and more confident in your ability to provide services to residents and visitors,” Meck said.“It’s wonderful to see the pluses that have resulted from business owners and the city joining forces to make Buckeye beautiful.”While the application period for the catalyst program ends Sep. 1, that deadline may be extended depending on funding requests received during that timeframe.For more information about the Buckeye Economic Development Catalyst, contact Economic Development Management Assistant Tennille Hiller, 623-349-6973 or [email protected] Buckeye . . . be a part of something big.The post: Buckeye Economic Development Catalyst Program Now Accepting Applications appeared first on GrowBuckeye.