After more than five years, Jackson’s DREAM Initiative community development strategy is nearing finalization. More than 30 Missouri communities were selected for inclusion in the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri program, which selected Jackson in 2010. Representatives from PGAV Planners have worked with the city, chamber of commerce and others to conduct analysis, question focus groups and identify ways Jackson can capitalize on existing assets. Having received a draft of the plan from the design team, city staff are accepting comments until June 20. PGAV Planners then will make final revisions and re-submit the plan to the city. Jackson building and planning superintendent Janet Sanders says the Jackson Board of Aldermen then will vote whether to adopt the plan, which likely will happen in July. Although the plan remains subject to change, Sanders tells KZIM KSIM the report encapsulates many aspects of the uptown community.
She says once the strategy is finalized, the city can begin working on ways to make uptown Jackson a more attractive place to visit and live.