Downtown Revitalization Committee Unveils Recommendations to Community and City Officials March 22nd

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Downtown Revitalization Committee Unveils Recommendations to Community and City Officials March 22nd

After six months of research and concept development, Discover Downtown is ready to present their revitalization ideas and recommendations to the public and City officials on Wednesday, March 22 starting at 7 pm at the Performing Arts Center.

Throughout the duration of this project, Discover Downtown members and their subcommittees have researched ideas and concepts focusing on revitalizing downtown into a thriving center for community activity for ages 8 – 80. These ideas were offered for additional community input at an open house held in February. Input from attending public is being incorporated into the final presentation.

“I do like the ideas that were presented bringing the community together. I’d like to see a larger hotel and maybe a different event center; that’s something that I think needed to happen for a while. I think we need more overnight stays for people, especially in the summer when we have all the tournaments. They come and then they leave. We need to have them stay. There’s more to offer here,” comments one attendee.

Each Discover Downtown subcommittee will present a specific revitalization topic with researched images and rationale of successful ideas and concept examples from other cities. The presentation will show new opportunities to connect, promote and improve downtown making it a destination for new businesses and consumers near and far. Findings from a recent visit of Pine City officials, part of a mutual downtown assessment program, will also be highlighted during the presentation. Maps showing many of the committee’s recommendations will be on hand for attendee viewing.

Formation of Community Foundation

Another component of the revitalization project includes the possible formation of a Cambridge Community Foundation created to assist in revitalizing downtown as well as supporting other Greater Cambridge community activities. A steering committee has been formed to evaluate the foundation’s formation, funding and granting opportunities. Individuals, businesses and other community organizations are encouraged to learn how they can become involved in supporting a thriving community through foundation activities. For more information contact Greg Carlson at gcarlson@preshomes.org.

Executive Committee Formed

A new Downtown Revitalization Executive Committee has been formed to move Discover Downtown’s recommendations through an ongoing assessment and strategic development process. This process is designed to invite additional community resources to support implementation of resulting downtown improvement projects.

On Going Community Support Needed

As the first phase of this project nears completion and the executive committee begins developing revitalization projects, the process of transforming downtown will involve increased business and community participation and ongoing support.

“The purpose of the six-month project was to identify a wide array of activities and projects the City, businesses and community can work on together to implement and ultimately bring about downtown’s transformation,” comments Todd Streeter, principal, Community Collaboration and project facilitator.

The downtown revitalization project has been conducted by Community Collaboration with sponsorship support from the Initiative Foundation and City of Cambridge.

Want to Get Involved?

Anyone interested in helping transform downtown into a thriving center of community activity is encouraged to contact Lynda Woulfe, at 763.552.3216, or by email, lwoulfe@ci.cambridge.mn.us.

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