Amory Main Street Association hosting community meeting to explore town’s potential

AMORY – A community meeting to reveal the findings of the First Impressions study will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, at East Amory Community Center.  All residents, business owners and government officials are invited and encouraged to attend. Amory Main Street Manager Lorie Bryant requested that Amory have the opportunity to participate in this program.
Representatives with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University will highlight both positive and negative observations that people likely make when they visit Amory.
When living and working in communities day after day, residents do not often see both the good and bad things the same way visitors might see them. This program offers a fresh perspective and brings attention to both the assets and challenges that communities face to enable them to capitalize on their strengths and work on their weaknesses.
The First Impressions program, coordinated by the Stennis Institute, is being offered as part of Amory’s participation in the Mississippi Community Action Project, a community development effort sponsored by the Mississippi Appalachian Regional Commission.
The First Impressions program is a structured visitation program designed to capture the observations of visitors to a community. These observations, both positive and negative, are used to raise issues that the community can evaluate and prioritize for in-depth study or immediate action.
Observations on specific issues and areas like entry ways, downtown, education, health care, housing, infrastructure, attractions, retail business, industrial activity, etc. are recorded and compiled into a written report and presentation to inform and solicit input from citizens on the next course of action for the community.
Questions about the meeting should be directed to Lorie Bryant at 256-8700 or amorymainstreet@midsouth.com.
Developed by Professor Andrew Lewis, University of Wisconsin, and James Schneider, Grant County (WI) Extension Office, in the early 1990s, the First Impressions program has now been successfully used in many states and hundreds of communities across the country.

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