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File #: 201008.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/1/2021 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 4/8/2021 Final action: 4/8/2021
Title: Downtown Strategic Plan Project Update & Engagement Brief (B)
Attachments: 1. 201008 Gainesville Engagement Brief final 20210408


Downtown Strategic Plan Project Update & Engagement Brief (B)



The City of Gainesville has retained a consulting team, led by MKSK and Gainesville-based EDA, to develop a Strategic Plan for Downtown, a Top Priority project for the City Commission City Strategic Plan: 2020 - 2025 - 2035. A contract, co-funded by the City of Gainesville (funded from the GCRA) and the University of Florida (UF), was executed in November 2020. This project is assigned to the Office of Capital Asset Planning & Economic Resilience (CAPER).


Since project initiation, the project team has held introductory meetings with internal stakeholders, including City staff, GCRA Advisory Board, City Commissioners, Alachua County staff,  and UF staff, as well as site visits, and information gathering.


MKSK and a Core Working Group including community builders from GCRA, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office of Communications and Engagement, UF, and led by CAPER, have crafted a project Engagement Plan, which will be discussed at this presentation.



Strategic Connection

Downtown Strategic Plan is an FY 2021 top priority policy action item listed under Goal 3: A Great Place to Live & Experience.


Fiscal Note




Hear presentation and provide input.




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