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More than anything the SNA exists to coordinate the public and private efforts that attempt to improve the area so that it is an increasingly desirable place to live, work, and play.
The Short North Alliance (SNA) was founded on April 17, 1983 under the name The Association of Near Northside Businesses (ANNB). Its purpose was, and continues to be, to promote, assist, and enhance the business interests and quality of life for all individuals, groups, and corporations who operate or own a business or property within the district's boundaries.
On January 15, 1986, the ANNB changed its name to the SNA.
The SNA exists to market and promote the Short North, to act as a liaison between Short North Businesses and the City, and to serve as a central clearinghouse for information about the Short North. We assist new businesses in obtaining loans for startups, building purchases, and building façade improvements. The SNBA produces the annual Holiday Hop; coordinates the monthly Gallery Hop; publishes the Short North Visitor's Guide; coordinates special projects with local and regional media; maintains an active association with the City of Columbus, Experience Columbus, the Chamber of Commerce, and other civic organizations; and manages the official Short North website, shortnorth.org.
The SNBA also pursues other long-term goals that benefit the district such as working with the Central Ohio Transportation Association (COTA); sponsoring the annual Via Colori street-painting festival; and assisting the endeavors of the Short North Special Improvement District (SID), which maintains the physical upkeep of our streetscape and erected the signature arches over High Street.
Approximately 250 members currently comprise the SNBA. These members include merchants, restaurants, galleries, theatres, service providers, nonprofit groups, and neighborhood organizations. Through the SNBA these members can strengthen their voices and bring their interests, concerns, and ideas to the attention of other segments of the community and to the local, state, and federal governments.