Downtown Cassville to spur jobs and investment

All elements of economic development must come together, including workforce, to move an economy forward. Already a Certified Work Ready Community, Cassville leaders aim to leverage the assets of downtown along with strategies for improvements and marketing.

The Cassville Main Street Association recently invited community members to a “Share the Vision” comprehensive presentation outlining five years of research collected for the purpose of revitalizing the community’s downtown. The presentation was conducted by Andrew Murray with St. Louis-based design and planning firm PGAV, along with Kim Martin from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Some of the key strategic goals proposed by PGAV included: increasing demand and opportunity for downtown retail space, improving existing downtown businesses, addressing stormwater issues, capitalizing on visitors traveling to nearby cities, and finding a long-term funding source for revitalization. Missouri DED presented information on grant programs available through the department to create long-term funding for projects, along with specific taxes that can create revenue.

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