“As we’ve seen in other cities and communities, intentional development of Montgomery’s downtown can change the course of economic development and quality of place for many years to come. Partners, stakeholders, City of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Maxwell Air Force Base and residents we can’t thank you enough for accepting this challenge and for taking this journey with us to drive economic growth for downtown, our community and the region. You’ve been a vital partner through this process, so thank you – for your partnership and support,” said Cedric Campbell the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board and the Chairman of the Downtown Steering Committee.
According to Ron Simmons, Chief Officer, Destination and Community Development at the Chamber, “Part of the Chamber’s Economic Development strategy includes tourism and quality of place, so the Experience Montgomery team has a very strategic and intentional approach to recruiting meetings, events, and sporting groups, while also working hard to enhance the visitor experience and provide meaningful opportunities to share and tell Montgomery’s story to the world. This new action plan for downtown is vital and will totally transform the trajectory for tourism in our city and the region. Now, more than ever, this strategic plan is crucial as we continue to develop new tourism products and services and only works in our favor to truly enhance the experiences, by providing meaningful engagement opportunities for both visitors and residents.”
In August of 2021, work began on a new vision and action plan for downtown Montgomery. One of the most critical calls to action, resulting from the comprehensive 2040 Plan, was to develop a block-by-block strategy that will catalyze growth and progress for the entire city and region. The International Firm, Interface Studio, was selected and accepted the challenge of less visioning, and more action to get downtown moving. Now armed with data and focused on action, we will embark on the next stage of the process – to launch a draft of the plan for community feedback, comments and by in.
The Downtown Plan Draft is available online - envisionmontgomery2040.org/downtown - and will be available on the Chamber’s website – montgomerychamber.com. The Montgomery Chamber encourages the community-at-large to review the plan through October 31 and make comments directly on the envision website. As the plan is finalized, the Chamber will be announcing next steps.
ABOUT THE MONTGOMERY CHAMBER
With a mission to create jobs and a better quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, the Montgomery Chamber is a full-spectrum economic development corporation representing 1,700 organizations and business and more than 100,000 employees throughout Montgomery and the River Region. The Montgomery Chamber is an innovative, consolidated organization that addresses destination tourism, economic development, business development, workforce development, and community strategies under one umbrella, linking the public and private sector around a shared vision and providing tremendous value to its investors.
Lara Wilson, Chief Officer of Communications and Engagement