Downtown Development Plan
Bill Summers Announces His Downtown Development Plan
A magnetic downtown district is crucial to the growth of Clarksville. Bill Summers’ four-step plan for the future of downtown Clarksville will create a robust and energetic area that will spur economic and social development and encourage citizens of all ages to reconnect with their downtown district.
Step 1: Create assistance and incentives for new and existing small business owners in the downtown district:
- These programs would be provided a partnership with the Two Rivers Company, Montgomery County, Tennessee Small Business Development Center, APSU and our state legislators.
- Assistance would be multi-faceted, but would include resources, support, and education that would give new business owners the opportunity to start their business and would provide existing business owners with the support they need to continue to grow their business.
- Incentives include, but are not limited to, reducing or waiving fees and taxes for a certain amount of time.
Step 2: Launch a multi-platform marketing campaign that will bring citizens back to downtown Clarksville:
- The campaign would advertise potential business and development opportunities and eradicate current misconceptions about the shopping and entertainment atmosphere downtown; thus, igniting excitement and development opportunity for the area.
Step 3: Development of additional mixed-use development, a concept that enhances neighborhood identity by mixing retail and commercial space with residential areas.
- Along with new mixed-used development, there would be improved pedestrian connectivity between parking areas, downtown, APSU, the Riverwalk and downtown anchors.
- Making the downtown area more flexible to different industries, while ensuring it remains accessible to all is a key component in growing the district.
Step 4: Creation and construction of significant and multiple downtown anchors:
- This would include a new multi-purpose convention center and the rebuilding and expansion of the historic Roxy Performing Arts Theatre, both to be funded through public/private partnerships.
On February 13th, Bill Summers announced his vision for the downtown district at the Downtown Clarksville Association meeting. Small business owners in attendance resonated with Summers’ vision for the downtown district.
“Bill Summers’ passion for downtown shined brightly this morning during his talk with the DCA,” Kimberlee Cavin, a hairstylist at Isabella and Sophia, said. “You can feel how committed he is to downtown and small businesses.”
Summers is committed to Clarksville and knows the growth of the downtown district is a vital part of Clarksville’s success. With his experience in the city council, his vision for downtown and his commitment to leadership, the downtown area will receive the much-needed attention it hasn’t gotten in the past years.