For new business owners, the most challenging part of starting their business is often times the initial investment in a space. To help alleviate this hurdle for new businesses, the City of Worthington has taken on a new role as landlord. In this model, the city buys lands, develops the shell of the building, and local businesses then rent out and outfit the interior for their operation. This allows amenities like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and restaurants to operate without the substantial costs of developing their own space. “All they really have to pay for is their equipment and their operational expenses, so that way, they can get ahead of the game instead of having to be a building owner and this and that,” states Jason Brisson, Director of Community and Economic Development. The end result is more services, amenities, and places of gathering for residents in Worthington to enjoy.