Hickory Downtown Development Hosts Community Vision Forum

The Board of Directors of Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) hosted their third Community Vision Forum on Tuesday, April 11, in the Community Room of the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Hickory. The purpose of the forum was to determine the economic positioning and vision for Downtown Hickory for the next five years.

"We were fortunate to have NC Department of Commerce Main Street Center Director Elizabeth Parham facilitate the forum," said HDDA President Gavin Mitchell. Citizens were enthusiastic about working together to identify the economic drivers of Hickory and determine downtown's community assets.

Downtown's economic positioning is focused on three aspects: education, entertainment, and commerce.

The Downtown Hickory Vision Statement for 2022 is:

"Supporting your life well crafted, Downtown Hickory serves as the gathering center for varied recreation and entertainment. Downtown Hickory is the hub of owner-operated local businesses, corporate headquarters, and urban living."

The HDDA Board of Director will begin developing the strategic work plan during their May 16 Board Retreat. By taking steps toward implementing the goals and objectives based on the Vision for 2022, HDDA will work with other community agencies and organizations to facilitate development opportunities for the future of Downtown Hickory.

HDDA is a private non-profit organization with a twelve member volunteer board of directors. The organization follows the Main Street Approach to Revitalization with the purpose of stimulating economic development within the context of historic preservation.

For more information about Downtown Hickory and HDDA, visit www.downtownhickory.com.


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