The program, formerly known as a resource team or charrette, has been developed exclusively for Main Street communities. A new Main Street Community receives a Vision Plan within its first year, and established Main Street programs, like Houston, may apply for the program.
The Vision Plan seeks to use a base of design and marketing professionals in Mississippi to help a new Main Street community develop a plan with both short-term and long-term goals.
According to MMSA, the Mississippi Vision Plan team “will identify tangible and intangible assets, present design recommendations, preservation projects and promotional opportunities to the community and create excitement for citizens and both the private and public sectors.”
“This plan will help us identify goals for Houston‘s future, and the steps to achieve those goals,” said Jan Miller, MMSA Director of Field Services. “Houston has a lot of areas for potential growth and development.”
“We hope to see a big turn-out from the community and surrounding area,” she added. “An important part of the process is hearing from the public and what community members want to see accomplished in their hometown.”
The Mississippi Vision Plan will combine creative, intense work sessions with public input sessions and meetings with community stakeholders over a three-day time period.
The public is invited to participate in a kick-off Community Input Meeting on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center in Houston.
The public is also invited to attend the final Mississippi Vision Presentation on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., also at the Civic Center.
The ultimate goal for the Vision Plan is to provide the community with an on-going, flexible work plan that city leaders and the Historic Hometown Houston Main Street program can use to guide the continued revitalization and development of the town and stimulate further economic growth.
MMSA’s Jan Miller will be the team leader.
The Mississippi Vision Plan team will produce diagrams, plans, design renderings, photo-manipulations, branding and marketing collaterals to illustrate their recommendations.
All of these products and recommendations are presented to the community on the final evening of the program.
“We are truly focused on helping the community with the next five years,” said Miller.
A follow-up strategy board and work plans, along with all electronic files, is provided to the city as a tool kit to guide implementation on the recommendations.
For additional information, contact Joyce East with the Chickasaw Development Foundation/Historic Hometown Houston Main Street at (662)456-2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.