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Montclair Center BID Launches Mercator Data Project: What to Know

by The Montclair Girl Team
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The Montclair Center Business Improvement District is home to world-class dining, renowned wellness + fitness centers, and engaging boutiques, making it the crown jewel of the Montclair community. Located at 26 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair, it is well-known for its creative energy and dynamic community. A local team is heading up a project this spring that will impact business owners and the community for years to come. Keep reading to learn more about what the MCBID has in store for Montclair’s future.

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A Business Center for the Community

Montclair Center Business Improvement District (MCBID) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2002 by the local business community to enhance and promote downtown Montclair as a regional shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

Representing more than 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the mission of the Montclair Center BID is to create a visually appealing, prosperous and inclusive downtown through continuous cleaning and beautification, programming, marketing, economic development, and advocacy. 

This spring, the Montclair Center BID will launch the Mercator Data Project to collect information about the district’s businesses, properties, and amenities. This never-before collected data will support the MCBID’s efforts to improve member benefits, better search and apply for grant programs, plan for events, and proactively anticipate district needs.

The Mercator Data Project will be launching an online survey that will be sent to member businesses. A complete data profile will help the MCBID make better decisions for small businesses, property owners, and the community for many years to come.

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The Team Behind the Project

Leading the project is Jason Gleason, Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID, and urban designer and planner Jaime J. Izurieta of Storefront Mastery. 

“This project will expand our knowledge base exponentially,” MCBID Executive Director Jason Gleason told The Montclair Girl. “Montclair Center is growing every day and the Mercator Project will review our capacities and analyze our needs for continued success in the coming years.”

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Jaime Izurieta is originally from Ecuador and holds degrees in architecture, historic preservation, and urban economic redevelopment. Active within the global placemaking network as a member of Placemaking X, a network of thought leaders, public space activists, regional network leaders, and professionals from all over the world. His current interest is helping local economies find technological alternatives to fund their own redevelopment and implement locally-based economic development strategies.

Exciting things will be coming for the Montclair Center BID as the Mercator Data Project gets underway with the online survey. Stay tuned for future updates on what the data reveals.

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The Montclair Center Business Improvement District is located at 26 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair. For more information, visit montclaircenter.com, call 973-509-3820, or reach out to montclaircenter@montclaircenter.com with questions.

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