EAST CHICAGO | The East Chicago Downtown Action Agenda, described as an aggressive course of action to be implemented over a five-year period by a public/private partnership, will be unveiled Monday night.
Over the past few months, Mayor Anthony Copeland's office and the Downtown Process Committee, formed to oversee the project, have been collecting background data on the downtown and arranging a series of meetings.
Consultant HyettPalma has spent this time analyzing the collected data, moderating the meetings and examining the downtown, its businesses, its trade area and its competition. This process involved hundreds of individuals, including local officials, business leaders, community leaders and residents.
The course of action is specifically tailored to capture the downtown's market opportunities and attain the community’s downtown vision. The goal is to create a healthier and more viable downtown.
“Our Downtown Action Agenda will not be another study or plan, but an action-oriented strategy that we can begin implementing immediately," Copeland said. "The Downtown Action Agenda will be our guide to focus on a whole range of downtown issues, such as business retention and attraction, physical improvements, traffic, parking, marketing and much more. We are all anxious to hear the results and to begin working diligently in the downtown area. We hope everyone will join us at the public meeting.”
The public presentation of the agenda is set for 7 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 4525 Indianapolis Blvd.