Groveport residents will have an opportunity to help shape the future of the historic downtown area by taking part in an online survey starting July 27.

A link will be available on the city's website at www.groveport.org and on its social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.

The survey will remain open through Aug. 13, with results due in October.

Some residents were able to take a shorter survey at the city's July 4 celebration, Assistant City Administrator and Finance Director Jeff Green said.

The survey is part of an overall market study by the Groveport Community Improvement Corp.

"From that, we're going to be working on marketing strategies and branding for the downtown," Green said. "So a lot of this is just trying to determine what people would support in the downtown. What types of businesses do we want in the downtown? It's a chance for people to weigh in on that."

The CIC is working with Tennessee-based Downtown Professionals Network, a research and planning firm that provides "solutions for community, downtown and business district economic development, redevelopment and revitalization," according to the company's website.

The local retail market analysis will cost about $11,000, Green said.

"We want to find out what the community wants or what the changes have been since the last survey," Groveport City Councilman Ed Dildine Jr. said.

He is also a CIC board member.

"By doing this, it will allow us to go out and market specific businesses, depending on what we see is going to work out the best -- whether it's restaurants, retail, fast food, jewelry shops, insurance agencies, doctors' offices. It could be anything."

Groveport's last market study was completed in 2003, with an update in 2011. The prior reports offered recommendations that included targeting sites in the historic downtown district for redevelopment and emphasizing the community's heritage; developing a regional tourism approach; and promoting business expansion, development and investment opportunities.

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