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Downtown Denison Plans to Envision the Future

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If you own, work, live, shop, relax, dance, eat, drink, cruise, or are just a fan of downtown Denison, you are invited to help envision the future. Certified Main Street Manager, Julie Glover, will facilitate a visioning session on Tuesday, February 18, at 6 p.m. in the SNAP Center at 531 W. Chestnut.

Ideas are important to this long-range planning process for all entities involved with Downtown Denison. A previous strategic planning workshop was held in 2009, and it was updated in August 2012. As many of the items have been accomplished and the market is ever-changing, the leadership of downtown stakeholder organizations feels it is important to develop and update long-range goals.

Facilitator Julie Glover is the Economic Development Program Administrator for the City of Denton, Texas. She has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Texas Womans' University. 

In 2001, she earned her Professional Certification in Downtown Management from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She is a past recipient of the Texas Historic Commission's Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development, and a Past President of the Texas Downtown Association.

Julie has spoken on downtown revitalization and preservation topics at the National Main Street Conference, Texas Downtown Association Conference, Texas Municipal League Conference, the Texas Historical Commission Conference, and in numerous Main Street communities nationwide.

To prepare for the meeting, a short questionnaire has been developed with answers due back to Donna Dow by February 15. The questions are:

1)      What 3 things do you like best about downtown Denison?

2)      What are the top 3 things you believe need to be improved in downtown Denison?

3)      How can we make the above improvements to keep downtown Denison moving forward?

4)      What do you envision for the future of downtown Denison as we move forward in the next 5 years?

The public is encouraged to attend and invite friends, family, customers, and colleagues to this event. It will begin with a short overview of recent accomplishments followed by an opportunity to brainstorm ways to make downtown Denison the best it can be to serve the needs of our residents and tourists. Buy-in to ideas presented will be determined by allowing participants to vote on items they feel should be assigned highest priority.

Results from the meeting will be reviewed at the next quarterly meeting of the leadership of downtown stakeholders organizations. The stakeholders include Downtown Denison Inc., Denison Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, Denison Development Alliance, and Denison Main Street.

                For more information or questions, contact Donna Dow, Main Street Director at 903-464-4452 or ddow@cityofdenison.com.