Baylor University from Texas has a series of recommendations on how North Bay can grow and become a better place. The university recommends Invest North Bay, which was created from the Economic Development Office, should have a salaried person. Volunteers make-up the board now and it’s staffed by employees from economic development but Baylor found roles are unclear and there are very few qualified people there.
Baylor also suggests the City re-design its website to create a better front-door to the community. Baylor says the City should keep building on relationships and likes the downtown police bike patrols because they create a sense of security. It recommends empowering residents to help create the future of North Bay and hold town hall meetings on specific issues.
Baylor also suggests the city develop a culture of collaboration and get the word out that North Bay is the place to start your business. Following the presentation on the recommendations, George Burton a board spokesman with Invest North Bay, encouraged the community to be part of the process moving forward.