In June of 2012, the City Council commissioned the Downtown Hospitality Program to review downtown operations and management and develop a model for its improvement. The Program is intended to coordinate downtown stakeholders to improve regulations, policies, programs and practices in order to make downtown more hospitable and attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors. Over the last several months, the City, Downtown Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and several members of the downtown community have been performing observational surveys of the downtown, researching downtown’s existing management model, reviewing models of other cities with thriving downtown environments and participating in educational seminars/webinars, among other things.
In order to involve the larger community in the process, a summit meeting is being planned for the evening of Wednesday, February 27th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The summit meeting will include a presentation on the research conducted to date, recommendations for next steps and a solicitation of feedback from participants. In addition, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to connect with those already involved in the Downtown Hospitality Program for ongoing participation. Refreshments will be provided prior to the meeting, beginning at 5:00pm.
Please save the date, and we’ll look forward to seeing you all there as we work together to build a bright future for downtown Modesto!