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Downtown Plan

Posted on 29th July 2011 at 08:09

The Longview City Council is giving its thumbs-up to the Downtown Action Agenda, the five-year action plan that was developed through the National League of Cities America Downtown Program. Mayor Kurt Anagnostou raised some concerns about some of the language in the plan, but Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Winsman says that this is a framework, and the exact action steps have yet to be determined. Winsman says that the Action Agenda was unanimously endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Doug Harvey with the Longview Downtowners also says that the Agenda has unanimous support from that organization. A matrix is now being distributed, showing different topics, along with the groups that would be involved with the implementation of those topics. In other action last night, the City Council also approved the purchase of a new pumper truck for the Longview Fire Department, at a cost of $450,000, and also approved its contribution to the Cowlitz County “Big Deal” tourism plan, approving an allocation of $3,632 from the city’s Lodging Tax Fund over the next five years.