Members of the small community of Pineville filed into the Bell Theater on Tuesday night to support Main Street Pineville in their quest to further increase the program’s mission to continuously improve and renovate the downtown area.
The purpose of the Tuesday night meeting was to get the public involved in four committees being organized in an effort to revitalize the community. The four committees will be the organizational, design, promotions and economic development committees.
Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan was overwhelmed when members of the community continued to file into the theater as he was welcoming everyone. Roan stopped speaking several times while community members continued to show up. Based on the interest expressed via RSVP and emails, Roan said he expected maybe 20 individuals to show up. Over 50 members from the community showed up in support of the MSP effort.
Those in attendance included downtown business owners, who according to Roan, were there in an effort to show their support and willingness to help with the look of downtown Pineville — a subject Roan points out has been largely criticized lately.
Kentucky League of Cities Community Development Advisor Bobbie Bryant spoke briefly to the crowd, thanking them for the wonderful turnout and explaining the importance of the committees in the ongoing effort to revitalize the downtown area.
MSP passed out a 2015-2016 work plan suggested by the Kentucky League of Cities based on the 2015 city of Pineville Strategic Plan. Roan went over the work plan with those in attendance and explained what MSP needs from the community — participation.
“What we are looking for from the community, is to be a part of that,” explained Roan. “I hope you can see by the plans in front of you, that your thoughts and your suggestions have went into this.”
Last night’s initial meeting is only the beginning for the committees. Committee heads are now working to get regularly scheduled meetings on the calendar and press releases sent out with all of the pertinent events currently in the planning stages.
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