City May Add Downtown Banners

More than $150,000 may soon be spent on downtown advertising for local attractions.

On Monday, Jamestown City Council heard from Vince DeJoy, city development director and Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation executive director, about an $84,500 state grant, which will be matched by the Gebbie Foundation, to implement the final stage of a branding marketing campaign for the city.

With the money, more than 200 pole banners will be placed along Main, Washington and Third streets advertising local attractions like the Robert H. Jackson Center; Fenton History Center; Lucy Desi Center For Comedy; Reg Lenna Civic Center; Roger Tory Peterson Institute; The Arts Council; Audubon Center and Sanctuary; and Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The grant will also pay for informative kiosks to be placed downtown.

DeJoy said this goes with the Jamestown Up Close branding campaign that started in 2008. He said the banners will be created locally by Hanson Signs of Falconer. For more information about Jamestown Up Close, visit City Council will vote at the end of the month to accept the state grant.

In other business, the council discussed home rule legislation to go to the state Senate and Assembly for approval to raise the amount charged for copies of birth and death certificates. The city charges $10 now, but wants the price to be at the same rate the state gets, which is $30.

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said most people who purchase the copies of birth and death certificates are from outside the area. He said the increase would raise $50,000 to $60,000 more a year for the city.