Mayor Bruce Lantz says downtown revitalization is the key to attracting new businesses to the area.
On Issues and Answers on Monday, Lantz says the city needs to deal with the old Fort Hotel.
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Meantime, he says the city is trying to attract residents to the downtown with a variety of events.
Lantz says if people are visiting the downtown region, it may encourage property owners to invest in sprucing up the properties.
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He says the city might look into a tax credit next year to offer incentives for businesses who spruce up the look of their property.