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01 Feb

Havasu’s bright future



What could be changing downtown? What does co-location mean for Lake Havasu City? What’s the latest on a potential environmental learning center?

Those questions will be answered at Vision 20/20’s next town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 a.m., in Daytona Hall on the ASU Havasu campus. The public is welcome to attend.

Three new projects will be pitched to the group on Saturday including plans for a downtown revitalization, a co-location project and an environmental learning center anticipated for later stages of the Havasu Riviera project that’s currently underway.

Partnership for Economic Development Executive Director James Gray said those projects will be pitched on Saturday, but did not provide further details about what’s exactly in the works.

“That’s part of showing up and being at the town hall,” Gray said in a phone call Wednesday.

Saturday’s town hall will bring together nearly 50 community members and public officials who were a part of talks at an original town hall meeting in August 2015. They were tasked to discuss ways to revitalize Havasu’s economy. That group helped set the priorities of the Vision 20/20 project and propelled Havasu into the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition sponsored by Frontier Communications.

 “Our goal of this town hall is to update those stakeholders, take time to reflect on the accomplishments of our community while also keeping an eye on the future,” Gray said. “Community engagement and input has been invaluable to our efforts.”

In April 2016, Havasu was named as a finalist in the ABC competition alongside seven other communities across the U.S. The winner of the $3 million top prize is set to be announced April 26.

“In one way [the competition coming to an end] completely scares me, but in another way it completely excites me. We’ve been working at this for a long, long time and so we feel like we’ve been not only energized but we feel like we have a momentum going that has been very positive,” Gray said.

Throughout the morning, different Vision 20/20 successes will be highlighted including the groundbreaking of the Havasu Riviera project, a new tourism ambassador program and the formation of the Citizens for Havasu Schools community group.