The downtown is the heart and soul of a community, where first impressions are made. In North Platte, it is the hub of county and city government facilities and services. It is a vital role for overall commerce in the community. For tourism, shopping and dining are among the top three requests of any traveler. Tourists want to be engulfed in the community and downtown is a prime location for this where businesses are locally owned and operated; from restaurants and stores to breweries and galleries.
The Downtown Association recently received a grant to bring in a consultant to assist in improving the downtown area. This consultant will focus on each building and work with the local landlord & tenants to improve each space individually, verses looking at a whole. The Downtown Association understands the importance of having a vibrant downtown, and wants to spread the excitement and need to improve this area. They also want to show the downtown businesses that they believe in them, the value they give and the value that a downtown can give to a community.
To kick-off of the “Building Strong Roots” campaign, the Downtown Association will be hosting a kick-off to the campaign and unveil the new logo at a community event on Thursday, May 26th at 8:30 am in the “Clock Parking Lot” at 6th & Dewey.
In 1908, after devastating fires to downtown North Platte, three organizations came together to help build brick buildings and re-build downtown. In one year, the Elks, Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and the Masonic Temple where built giving new life to an otherwise unappealing area. They are looking forward to bringing that community feel back with support, encouraging words and inspiration that once again can rebuild and renew the ever important downtown area.
Mayor Dwight Livingston, Chamber President/CEO Gary Person and Downtown Association President Micheal Phillips will speak to the crowd sharing a quick story, inspiring and supportive words to embark on this adventure “Building Strong Roots” in the community. Over the next couple years, there will be new and exciting adventures for downtown. This is just a small step to kick off that excitement and unveil a new modern logo, to help gain excitement and support for building upon on history and growing for the future.