Lawmakers propose additional funds for market app, craft incubator
May 11, 2017,
The North Carolina Senate’s budget proposal includes an additional $200,000 earmarked for the High Point Market Authority’s MyMarket app.
Additionally, funds were set aside for a High Point-based incubator for fine craftmaking, including furniture.
The MyMarket app, which launched last spring, recently enhanced some of its features in advance of this year’s spring market. The app rolled out three new features, as well as several upgrades behind the scenes on the admin side.
On the outdoor map, numbered shuttle stops were been added for both the Red Line and Green Line shuttle routes. On the exhibitor profiles, a small preview map was added to help users better understand a showroom’s location. Additionally, in an effort to increase understanding of all the app’s features, a short, five-slide animated tutorial will appear when users open the app for the first time. This tutorial can also be revisited any time by clicking the “Tutorial” link on the “About” page.
The funds for the app are included in the marketing and promotions appropriations and if approved, would become a recurring line item in the budget.
“The Senate recognizes the importance of the market to the state economy and to the furniture industry,” Senator Trudy Wade told the Enterprise.
Wade told The High Point Enterprise that she acted on a request by the local advocacy group Business High Point to develop the incubator and craft-making design center. The state would provide $1.5 million in nonrecurring funds to be matched by $1.5 million in private money, she said.
The Enterprise reports that the center would allow furniture craftsmen to act on their ideas, then possibly spin off their innovations into new businesses.
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