Friday, January 18, 2019

Forward Greater Cheyenne Launches Plan for the Future

By Joy Greenwald

Forward Greater Cheyenne has launched a plan to help make the area a more prosperous and vibrant place to live, work and do business.

Community leaders on Thursday unveiled an implementation plan detailing eight strategic initiatives designed to help Greater Cheyenne achieve its vision for the future and provide greater opportunities for generations to come.

The initiatives consist of:
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Greenway Transformation
  • LCCC Expansion
  • Cheyenne Center for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Retention, Expansion, and Attraction
  • Community Beautification
  • Pride, Engagement, and Attachment
  • Regional Assets and Infrastructure

"Representatives from the private sector, the public sector, our community colleges, the city, the county, our state leaders, have met over the year to collectively develop a forward-thinking plan," said Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr.

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Forward Greater Cheyenne launches community improvement plan

By Chrissy Suttles, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – A new association re-imagines Cheyenne as a competitive hub for young professionals – home to a thriving downtown district and new educational opportunities.

Members of Forward Greater Cheyenne, a partnership among local economic development organizations and government officials, revealed plans to meet these goals Thursday.

Priorities include downtown revitalization, Greenway development and Laramie County Community College expansion.

As proposed, many of the projects would rely on city, county or LCCC funds for completion.

Forward Greater Cheyenne was established last year to enhance Laramie County’s Front Range influence. The group hired Atlanta-based Market Street Services to develop community assessments, economic profiles and realistic implementation strategies.

Now, a board of directors, alongside eight community strategy coordinators, will oversee the project’s implementation.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Community assessment of Halifax County: To grow, go bold

By Ashley Hodge

With bold action, Matt DeVeau, project manager of Market Street Services, feels like anything is possible for Halifax County.

This was part of the message he delivered to the dozens who came out to the community meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Innovation Center.

The chamber of commerce hired the Atlanta-based consulting firm to provide guidance to a steering committee of local leaders working on a growth strategy for the county.

The community meeting was part of a six-phase research and strategic planning process. Previously 1,579 community members participated in an online survey to reveal challenges, weaknesses and strengths of this county.

Interviews with local leaders and focus groups also were held, and DeVeau on Wednesday evening revealed some of the findings from the research.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Education, quality of life gains will set Halifax’s future

By Tom McLaughlin
News & Record

Halifax County is hardly alone among rural communities in the economic uncertainties it faces, but “bold action” will be required if the county is to avoid further stagnation and decline, a consultant told civic and business leaders Wednesday at the SVHEC.

Matt DeVeau with Market Street Services, a nationally-recognized economic development advisory firm, presented the findings of a “community assessment” that is envisioned as the first step in a turnaround plan for the county. The Atlanta-based consultancy was hired by the Chamber of Commerce to provide guidance to a steering committee of local leaders working on a growth strategy for Halifax.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

JEDO Approves Funding for Downtown Topeka Plaza, NOTO Parking

By Sherman Smith

The Joint Economic Development Organization on Wednesday cleared the way for completion of a public plaza in downtown Topeka, granting more than a million dollars to the project and sparking debate on how countywide sales tax funds are distributed.                                                                                                
In a 4-3 vote, JEDO members approved recommendations made by a panel of community volunteers to award $2 million in economic development money to four projects out of 16 applicants.
One of those projects will invest $644,000 in the NOTO Arts District, assisting in efforts to add parking and establish Redbud Park.

Mayor Michelle De La Isla rebuffed criticism over pouring the bulk of available quality of place funding into jewels in the heart of the city, saying feedback from the community makes it clear residents want to make the city more attractive.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bristol Virginia Council Receives Update on Visioning Process

By David McGee, Bristol Herald Courier

BRISTOL, Va. - City leaders received an update on the new Bristol 2040 visioning process unveiled last month by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Pearlstein, vice president of projects for Market Street Services, the Atlanta-based consulting firm managing the project, described the group’s initial steps in developing a long-term vision for both the Twin City and its adjoining counties of Sullivan in Tennessee and Washington in Virginia.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Bristol-focused economic initiative launches

By Leif Greiss | Bristol Herald Courier

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Bristol Chamber of Commerce announced an initiative Monday to create a 25-year vision and action plan for the economic and community development of the Twin City.

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol2040 Steering Committee will embark on an eight-month process to create a long-term blueprint for what Bristol and surrounding Sullivan County, Tennessee, and Washington County, Virginia, can and should look a quarter of a century from now. The effort will be in consultation with Market Street Services, an Atlanta-based firm specializing in community and economic development.

To read the full article click here or email Alexia Eanes.