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Red Bank RiverCenter to host a series of strategic planning meetings to bring unified vision for the bourough’s downtown

Red Bank, it’s a town that’s constantly thriving and evolving – one that’s always facing new challenges and opportunities. If you live there, shop in its boutique stores, dine at several of its restaurants, or just attending an event, you know exactly what Red Bank has to offer.

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that the town is constantly changing. And with that in mind, Red Bank RiverCenter is planning to hold a series of strategic planning meetings to focus on what direction the borough’s downtown areas will follow.

RED BANK, NJ – June 5, 2018 – Red Bank RiverCenter (RiverCenter), is excited to invite Red Bank area residents and business owners to participate in the development of a strategic plan with a unified vision and voice for the borough’s downtown. A kick-off meeting will be held at 7 p.m on Monday,  June 18 in the ballroom of the Oyster Point Hotel at 146 Bodman Place.

“Public participation is critical to our strategic planning process,” said James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter. “As Red Bank’s designated Special Improvement District (SID), we want to remain competitive in the region’s ever-growing economic markets and to continuously maintain, reaffirm and grow the downtown as a desirable and valuable place to live, work, grow a business, or visit.”

To facilitate the development of its strategic plan, River Center has engaged the services of the  Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC). The Harrisburg-based organization has extensive experience in community outreach, technical assistance, and educational services to assist in establishing a timeless and cohesive direction for RiverCenter’s future.

Known for their dedication to small towns, the PDC will analyze census data, community engagement, physiographics, and survey responses to steer the conversation and planning process. PDC will also assist in creating actions to ensure the continued success and growth of Red Bank’s downtown business community.

The general framework of PDC’s signature Main Street Program, in conjunction with custom procedures designed specifically for RiverCenter, will guide the non-profit’s asset-based and market-driven approach when addressing the strategic planning process for the downtown district.

“Identifying economic drivers within the town will help create a comprehensive vision business owners, residents and visitors alike can get behind,” commented Bill Fontana, executive director of Pennsylvania Downtown Center. “We are very excited to share our knowledge and expertise with the Red Bank community.”

Designed to be interactive and engaging, each of the five sessions invite community members and stakeholders, as well as local officials, to influence the future conversation surrounding the development of the downtown business district. Subsequent meetings will build upon initial findings to further establish evolving strategies, tactics, drivers and goals. The dates of the other meetings are:

  • Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Monday, October 15, 2018

“This is an exciting time for Red Bank,” said Stephen Catania, Chairman of Red Bank RiverCenter and owner of The Cheese Cave. “As we look to the future of our organization, we feel now is the ideal time to invest in an overarching strategic plan to establish a cohesive vision which the public can have a hand in shaping. We encourage anyone who is interested in lending their voice to this process to attend these collaborative meetings where we will welcome a variety of ideas and feedback.”

The first meeting will take place on June 18th at 7:00 PM over at the Oyster Point Hotel. All residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

source: Red Bank RiverCenter

Red Bank RiverCenter

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