Chuck D'Aprix Develops Entrepreneneurship Development Plan for Downtown Cambridge, MD
Economic Development Visions
In an effort to continue the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Cambridge, MD, the Cambridge Main Street Program has retained Chuck D'Aprix, Principal of the Washington, DC-based firms: Economic Development Visions, The Downtown Entrepreneurship Project and The Retail Incubation Group.
Mr. D'Aprix, a long-time critic of traditional market studies, is employing Economic Development Visions' cutting-edge approach to market analysis--an approach he says differs from the more conventional market study.
He says, " Most market studies simply present warmed-over data and are nothing more than a snapshot in time. They do not capture a community's personality. We believe in addressing an array of market factors in order to present a realistic plan for community positioning. Ours is a relevant, dynamic, creative and implementation-based approach."
For years Chuck D'Aprix has been an advocate for "home growing" businesses--particularly in downtowns and commercial districts. To that end, he will also be developing a comprehensive entrepreneur attraction and development program for downtown Cambridge. Mr. D'Aprix says, " It is a shame that so many downtowns and commercial districts waste their resources chasing after businesses they will never attract. We believe in attracting and developing cutting-edge entrepreneurs, and making them part of the downtown/community fabric. Cambridge as a diverse and progressive community is perfect for this type of program."
Mr. D'Aprix has asked Washington-DC based urban revitalization professional Richard Layman to assist him on the project. The program should be operational in a matter of months.
Posted October 28, 2008
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