Critical infrastructure improvements, a Civic Common Master Plan and the Clean and Safe Strategy were among the positive signs that downtown Lethbridge has seen emerge over the past year according to a City of Lethbridge committee.
The Heart of Our City Committee presented their annual report to City Council on Monday which outlined some of the challenges faced by the downtown over the last 12 months. The report also focused on the successful implementation of strategies and programs that have led to positive signs for the future for the core of the community.
The committee's mandate is to champion the revitalization of downtown Lethbridge and to provide strategic leadership through the implementation of the Heart of Our City Master Plan. Committee Chair, Dawn Leite, says the annual report shows the hardwork of the committee and downtown community is paying off.
"The strategies we've been developing and implementing in consultation with our stakeholders are starting to take affect and the positive signs are starting to show," says Leite.
Councillor Jeff Carlson said the value the committee is adding to the downtown is evident and looks forward to more optimistic results in the next 12 months.
"The programs and initiatives being rolled out to our downtown community by the Heart of Our City Committee are very promising based on the annual report," says Carlson. "If the work can continue in this positive way forward, we look forward to seeing what's in store for 2019 and beyond."
Downtown projects set to start later this year include a downtown brand development and marketing strategy, continued implementation of the Clean and Safe Strategy initiatives and implementation of the 4th Avenue South enhancements as approved in the latest Capital Improvement Program.
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