Franklin has been a participant in the North Carolina Main Street program since 2007. The staff of the North Carolina Main Street Center, a part of the Department of Commerce, Division of Community Development - Urban Development Division, has been working with the program through the years and continues to help Franklin’s MSP with their efforts to revitalize the downtown area. As the center of the community, the health and vitality of the downtown area is of critical importance.
For that reason Franklin Main Street Program is hosting a Downtown Economic Vision Forum on Feb. 13, at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The purpose of the forum is to gather input from citizens regarding their views of what is good about downtown, what needs improvement, and what downtown should become in the future. MSP believes that the participation of the community is important as they develop their vision because from that, they will plan activities and set priorities for the next several years.
During the forum participants will work together in small groups to identify downtown’s strengths and weaknesses and to then write vision statements, based on the economic drivers, describing what everyone wants Franklin’s downtown to be. This process will allow Franklin’s MSP to involve many people representing many interests in the community. This input is critical as the MSP begins working on a long-range plan for Franklin’s downtown area.