Next Step Summit to envision future of downtown

Join us at Intown Manchester’s Next Step Summit on Tuesday, February 12, to help envision the future of downtown Manchester. The event, which runs from 8am to 2pm, is free, includes a light breakfast and lunch, and gives you the opportunity to help shape the future of downtown Manchester.

Elm Street during Cruising Downtown 2012 – photo by Nicholas Erwin

The changing economic reality presents not only challenges, but also opportunities for downtown Manchester. Building on NHBR roundtable, “Taking Manchester to the Next Level” and Intown’s “Pursuing Prosperity” annual luncheon, the Next Step Summit aims to create a strong vision to guide future growth and planning in downtown Manchester, and to call city leaders to action.

It has been twenty years since the Intown Plan of 1993, which guided downtown through the revitalization and growth of the past two decades. But times have changed, the economy has changed, demographics have changed, and Manchester is no longer the regional leader in growth that it was in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Intown is right that it’s time for a new plan to guide the future of downtown. And with major plans to remake Main Street in Concord, huge new developments planned near downtown Nashua, and ongoing revitalization and growth in Portland and Portsmouth, Manchester can’t fall behind the other mid-sized cities of New England if it hopes to compete for young people, businesses, visitors and students.

Manchester needs an overall vision to guide grassroots activists, community and neighborhood groups, business groups, and city leaders as they plan for the future of downtown and the whole of Manchester. By attending the Next Step Summit, you can make sure your voice is heard in crafting that vision for the future of the Queen City.



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