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Overhead view of downtown Blacksburg from Alumni Mall looking south

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First Downtown Strategy Public Meeting

The first Downtown Strategy public meeting was on Monday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Dr. There was a presentation on the strategy process, the factors currently impacting Downtown, and a framework for thinking about Downtown’s future opportunities and challenges. Attendees provided input through a variety of hands-on activities, as well as speak with members of the consulting team and town staff. 

 

Links

Downtown Strategy Survey - www.surveymonkey.com/r/downtownbbsurvey
Architectural Preference Survey - www.surveymonkey.com/r/archpreference
Downtown Strategy Public Meeting Presentation - Blacksburg Public Meeting Master (23mb PDF)
 
 

What is the Downtown Strategy?

Strategic planning is a process that many types of entities undertake – not just communities, but also institutions, businesses large and small, foundations, and non-profits. In short, any group that is looking ahead to its future and where it will be in the next decade should be thinking about strategic planning. Why is strategic planning so important for all of these different types of entities? Because no entity exists in a vacuum – it is continually impacted by changes in the world around it. 

 Venn diagram showing how the planning process works

A strategic plan helps a community have greater control over its own destiny. The Downtown Strategy is a planning process intended to help the Blacksburg community formulate a set of strategies that will guide the development of Downtown over the next decade. It will allow the community to take a proactive role in deciding how Downtown can accommodate expected growth, serve the needs of residents and workers, and reflect the values and character of the town. 

Your active participation is crucial to the success of this process. Please take a moment to explore the strategy webpage, where you will learn about upcoming and recent strategy meetings and find links to strategy materials and surveys.  

Thank you in advance for your participation, your feedback, and your partnership in crafting a strategy that will move Downtown Blacksburg forward into the next decade and beyond.

 

The Strategy Process

The Downtown Strategy consists of four steps – Understand, Strategize, Decide, and Frameworks. In each of the first three steps, the community will be asked to provide feedback on strategy alternatives for Downtown. The feedback at each step will inform refinements to those alternatives, which will then be presented in the subsequent step. The final step will culminate in the production of a Downtown Strategy document. Watch this page for information on upcoming public meetings and other opportunities to provide input.

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