Main Street seeks input to shape downtown vision

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 04:25 PM.

On April 18, Historic Apalachicola Main Street along with DB Consulting will undertake an intensive three-day visioning process which will focus on engaging the public through one-on-one interviews, focus groups, a public meeting and a live, electronic survey.

DB Consulting founder, Danny Bivins headed the UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute Riverway South Project, which in 2007 brought a crew of students from the University of Georgia to Apalachicola as part of a sustained effort to generate ideas for economic and aesthetic revitalization of the riverway.

Through this public engagement process the community will identify issues to address, prioritize those issues and develop creative solutions. Main Street Apalachicola will then work with citizens and partner organizations to lead a community effort to implement the downtown vision.

 “We are very excited about the opportunity to gather input from a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations about what they envision for downtown Apalachicola,” said Tom Morgan, chair of the Main Street Apalachicola board.

The consultants have more than 20 years of experience working with communities like Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Donaldson, Ga. that seek to make their downtowns a vibrant and thriving community center. The consultants pride themselves on gathering input from all stakeholders. The process, said Bivins, “ensures that everyone has a seat at the visioning table, which leads to community by-in and long-term, positive results.”

After the three-day community visioning process culminates April 20, the community will be invited to attend a town hall. The DB consultants will share the plan for developing designs and images to convey the community input. The team of consultants will then create an illustrative visioning report containing before and potential after images.

For more information, please contact Paulette Moss at or 855-APALACH.

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