West Bromwich is pitching for what is claimed to be one of the first industrial-related business improvement districts.
And yesterday American guru and business development adviser Larry Houston, of the Atlantic Group, gave the Albion Business Consortium in the town's Greets Green area a fillip with a speech detailing how others have done it.
He has contributed to revitalising communities in New Jersey, Jacksonville, Washington DC and Philadelphia.
ABC hopes its BID will cover some 80 local businesses.
They are to be balloted on a proposed levy as an addition to business rates to fund additional services and improvements such as out of hours security and better signposting.
Main mastermind, Stuart Fell, managing director of West Bromwich Tool & Engineering, said Mr Houston's visit was a "vindication".
He went on: "To have an international expert of this calibre show such an interest illustrates what can be achieved with imagination and drive."
Pat Parkes, jobs and enterprise theme leader at Greets Green Partnership, which has funded ABC to carry out an initial investigation into the feasibility of establishing a BID, said: "The Business Consortium have taken the lead and identified how they can - along with council support - help themselves."
ABC claims its move is "one of the first industrial BIDs in the UK - all others being retail - and as far as we are aware the first located within a regeneration area".
Greets Green was awarded £56 million in 2000 to deliver a ten-year regeneration programme under the Government's New Deal for Communities initiative.
It is seeking to improve housing, health, education, training, jobs, enterprise support and impact on crime.
Jon Ladd, chief executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association, has been assisting with the business improvement district process.