STOWE VILLAGE EARNS DOWNTOWN DESIGNATION STATUS
Stowe's Lower Village Earns Village Center Designation
April 26, 2016 - Stowe Vibrancy, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Town of Stowe application for Downtown Designation has been approved by the Vermont Downtown Development Board.
Presenting its application on Monday, April 25th to the Downtown Board, Tom Jackman, Stowe’s Town Planner, and Brian Hamor, Stowe Vibrancy Board Member and Chair of its Economic Development Committee, explained in detail why Stowe deserves this important designation.
Jackman and Hamor made clear that Stowe’s historic downtown is the gateway to the community of Stowe, and the entire community is committed to it. Significant investment has been put into it – both public and private investment – to ensure its success, and the Stowe community simply wants to continue that work and build upon it.
“This is really exciting for the Town of Stowe, and our downtown,” said Jackman. “It is critical that the village remain a vibrant and vital downtown in order for the entire community to be successful, and this Downtown Designation and extension of the Village Center Designation for the Lower Village will be key components as we move forward.”
“Stowe Vibrancy began its quest for Downtown Designation a number of years ago, and while it has taken some time to get to this point, we couldn’t be more pleased,” added Hamor.
“We look forward to continuing our important partnership with the Town of Stowe, and now an even greater one with the State of Vermont, its Downtown Program, and all of the entities needed to move us forward.”
According to the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, the Vermont Downtown Program “works throughout the state to bring resources (tax credits and grants) and training and technical services to help affiliated or "designated" downtown organizations preserve and revitalize historic downtowns and create strong communities.”
An organization created to increase the vibrancy of the Town of Stowe through the enhancement of social, recreational, cultural, economic, and physical characteristics of the Village