Owensboro mayoral candidates on downtown development

A local group formed last year to promote civic involvement has released a survey of the two candidates for mayor of Owensboro this year with their thoughts on downtown development. 

The group, Citizens for Good Government, was one of several subgroups formed in the wake of last year’s We the People Town Meeting that helped survey community priorities. 

The four-question survey asks candidates Al Mattingly Jr. and Ron Payne to rate their commitment to downtown development, their support for a downtown master plan currently being developed and their thoughts on the position of downtown development director. 

Both Mattingly and Payne responded that the downtown issues and their support for development in the area were at the top or their top issues in the race. 

The next draft of the downtown master plan mentioned in the survey will be presented in three weeks on the anniversary celebration of last year’s We the People meeting. Take a look at the final report from the We the People event as a refresher. 

On Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., the staff of Gateway Planning Group will layout the plans approved of during a week-long series of design workshops in September and will add the next, and possibly, most important piece – implementation plans. 

This next step is expected to include how the city, county and community will be able to fund downtown revitalization and encourage investment in the area to make amenities such as a downtown events center, transportation improvements and residential and retail developments become realities. 

To register for the Nov. 15 event at Kentucky Wesleyan College, visit www.wethepeopletownmeeting.org.

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