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BRIGHT IDEAS: Mayor Battle Encourages Huntsville to Submit Ideas for Downtown
Huntsville residents have only 13 days to submit ideas before event on July 21st.


City of Huntsville HUNTSVILLE, AL (July 1, 2011)-- One week after launching, Huntsville's Ideas Map and Facebook Page have generated over 100 ideas for Downtown Huntsville and nearly 900 votes. Mayor Tommy Battle is encouraging more Huntsville residents to submit their ideas and vote on ideas they would like to see incorporated in Downtown Huntsville.

"It is important that we pull together as many ideas as possible so that we can gauge what the people of Huntsville want in the Downtown area," Mayor Battle said. "I am extremely pleased at the creative ideas we've seen so far. I am looking forward to the ideas we will see in the next two weeks."

Residents can submit ideas in two formats: www.HuntsvilleAL.gov/downtownideas or via the Facebook page "Bright Ideas: Downtown Huntsville."

The most popular ideas will be revealed at an event on July 21st at the Big Spring Partners Building West Side Square (Old Regions Building). The Mayor will speak at the event along with several other public officials and downtown leaders.

Huntsville residents will also be able to write down their ideas on a moving chalkboard that will be placed at various locations in Downtown Huntsville starting next week. The chalkboard will be on display at the event on the 21st.

Mayor Battle said the Ideas Map is a useful tool for both local developers and popular retailers because it shows a demand for their services in a growing community.

"With the last Ideas Summit, we were able to show retailers accurate data about doing business in Huntsville. That is a unique tool," Mayor Battle said. "It can be extremely effective."

But the focus is not just on recruiting big name retail stores. The Mayor said the Ideas Map is also useful for giving local residents incentive for bringing their business to Downtown.

Huntsville agrees with that sentiment. One of the most popular ideas submitted on the Facebook page is to bring in more local business to Downtown.

The categories aren't just limited to restaurants or retailers either. The City of Huntsville wants to hear about ideas for parks and recreation as well. Some ideas already submitted include a bigger splash park and walking trails downtown.

Other popular ideas include relocating the Stars Baseball Stadium to Downtown Huntsville, bringing in a comedy venue, a signature tower, smart codes for zoning regulations and a late night diner.

The Facebook page and Ideas Map will remain open indefinitely as a community forum. However, voting officially ends on July 13th. Huntsville residents are encouraged to submit their ideas so they can be counted before the revealing of the results on July 21st.

"This is the start of the process to begin a roadmap as to what our Downtown will eventually be. We will take the foundation work that has been developed over many years and build upon that to enhance our urban area," Mayor Battle said. "I hope everyone who submitted an idea can make it to the event at the Old Regions Building to see the results."

Submit Your Bright Ideas: www.huntsvilleal.gov/downtownideas



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