Montgomery Chamber Launches Downtown Plan
In October of 2022, the Montgomery Chamber, along with the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission launched a new intentional development plan for downtown. Once again, the Chamber leveraged and aligned its unique resources to embark on a new journey – a new strategic, visionary plan for downtown Montgomery. This new block-by-block action plan will catalyze economic growth not only for downtown and our community, but for the region.
“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 – execution.
Stay tuned for project and plan updates.