Young professionals want to revitalize downtown Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C.- Bobby Williams is almost ready to open his clothing store in Downtown Greensboro.

“I’m going to put some cordial lighting over here. We’re going to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls,” Williams said.

The 23-year-old from Detroit is what young professionals from several local groups, like The Greensboro Jaycees and The Future Fund want to see; something new.

The groups presented a plan to the Greensboro City Council members Tuesday evening, that included financial incentives for building owners and new retail tenants, a professional mediator to help bring together conflicting downtown factions and a small business incubator.

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins says it’s important groups like this get involved in order to keep Greensboro prospering.

“It’s going to be their downtown, so we need to try to build it for them and their specifications,” Perkins said.

Perkins is creating a special council that will meet with the group help them with the available resources.

Williams says he plans to open his store at the end of April.