BRISTOL — On Thursday, October 24 the town of Bristol will host a forum on downtown revitalization for rural communities. This forum is part of an ongoing effort to assist rural communities in economic development.
"I'm pleased that leaders in Ashland, Bristol, Holderness, and Plymouth have shown a real initiative in assuring their communities take advantage of resources that will further their development," said Grafton County Economic Development Executive Director Mark Scarano.
The Downtown Revitalization Forum will begin at 8 a.m. at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol. The program will begin with a keynote by Joe Denning, Bristol selectman, who will share his learned and unique perspective on bringing town projects from the planning stages to fruition.
Denning is a long-time Bristol resident and civic leader and has served on the Board of Selectman since 1998. Joe has been instrumental in spearheading many town projects including the recent downtown improvements as well as Safe Routes to School projects, the Pemi Trail Project and the Bike Path to Newfound Lake.
Two work sessions will follow, led by Robbie Grady, who will present on ways to build support: political, financial, and volunteer for downtown projects as well as creating promotional events to draw visitors to your community. Grady is a nationally Certified Main Street Manager, holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Texas, and is currently the executive director of Goffstown Main Street Program and the facilitator for NH Vibrant Communities.
The forum will end with a tour of downtown Bristol, which has just undergone a major downtown improvement.
The forum will be held at the Minot-Sleeper Library.
Schedule is as follows:
8 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Registration/breakfast
8:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Michael Capone, Bristol Town Administrator
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Joe Denning, Bristol Selectman
9 :30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I: Downtown organization - getting started, building support: political, financial, and volunteer, R. Grady
11a.m. -12:15 p.m. Session II: Downtown promotions, R. Grady
12:15 p.m. -1 p.m. Box lunch and networking
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Bristol Revitalization Tour: M. Capone