AUDIO: L’burg Mayor Carr Explains “Downtown Action Agenda”
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – With an expected influx of visitors and their money thanks to a new event center, Lawrenceburg city leaders are getting help in preparing the downtown historic district to take advantage.
“How many downtowns of cities of 5,000 people got an entertainment center like this? You don’t see it,” Mayor Dennis Carr said.
The first term mayor joined Eagle 99.3 Tuesday to discuss his administration’s in-development Downtown Action Agenda. Carr, his assistant Grant Hughes, city marketing director Kelly Will and others are getting ready for a site visit by consultants with national downtown experts HyettPalma the week of August 11-15.
The site visit will include focus group meetings of city officials, downtown businesses and organizations, and downtown customers.
Carr, who learned of HyettPalma’s work while visiting a mayor’s conference, said he believes the new Lawrenceburg Event Center and Hotel will serve as downtown’s capitol. The project built as a partnership between the city and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg is nearing completion. The casino operates the $49 million facility.
“I’ve talked with several mayors who have had HyettPalma in. They’ve done a wonderful job for them,” Carr said.
HEAR EAGLE 99.3’S BUBBA BO INTERVIEW MAYOR DENNIS CARR AND OTHERS ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ACTION AGENDA IN THE AUDIO PLAYER BELOW.
While many municipalities across the country invest in comprehensive plans that look years or decades down the road, the idea of the Downtown Action Agenda is to identify strategies that can be put into effect on a much sooner scale.
Hughes said the Downtown Action Agenda is a two-pronged approach: defining a vision for downtown and completing a market analysis.
There will be opportunities for public input before the agenda is finalized. A community vision session moderated by HyettPalma representatives will be held Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the 4th floor conference room at Ivy Tech Community College’s riverfront campus, 50 Walnut Street.
Residents, business and property owners, civic organizations, and city officials are all welcome to the public meeting.
“We really want the entire community to get involved in this and participate. It’s really a way for anyone that’s related to our community to voice their vision for downtown and really impact its future in a real way,” said Will.
Questions and topics to be discussed at the vision session will be posted soon to the City of Lawrenceburg’s Facebook page, Will said. Those topics relate to a person’s desired image for downtown and what they might like to see take place in the next five years.