Bringing Downtown Back


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Downtown Twin Falls has a long and historic history of community and business.

In recent years, with the expansion of the city on the north end, where will things go from here?

One group of interested business men and women are taking an active approach in laying out a plan for the future.

The group doesn't officially have a name... And they don't officially have an agenda...

But one thing they do have... A vision for the future...

"Twin Falls has so much going for it... with the College of Southern Idaho and with Saint Luke's Hospital, things that, cities twice the size would kill for. And the missing puzzle piece really is a vibrant downtown core," points out Jeff Williams, Glanbia Foods CEO.

A missing vibrant downtown core...

That's the consensus of not only this group... But City of Twin Falls officials.

"We as a city... an organization can't accomplish these goals. But when we work together as a community, when we have our fellow business owners... our citizens and our stake holders involved in it... then we can actually bring those goals to fruition," explains Joshua Palmer, City of Twin Falls.

With this group independently representing business and private citizens... What's the feel moving into the future of downtown Twin Falls?

"It hasn't been difficult at all to talk to people and see that there is a sense of urgency but probably more important... there's excitement about what they're seeing and what Urban Renewal and the City Council are looking at taking on here," says Alan Horner, President and CEO, First Federal.

On Monday, the group addressed the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency.

Their goal: letting the city know that the future of downtown Twin Falls doesn't have to be a burden felt solely on the shoulders of elected officials.

"They're excited about our engagement... about our willingness to participate however we can, and share our ideas and rally some other folks together to get their ideas pulled together,” Williams explains.

The group knows that the downtown isn't an overnight fix...

It will take years, but the initial blueprint plan is something that needs to be done now... And done right.

"People need to understand that this type of plan needs to transcend every administration... every City Council. When it is put in place is going to be there for the long haul to help encourage developers and other people to make investment into your downtown area,” Horner says.

Local citizens taking the future of their hometown into their own hands...

The group will also present Monday night to the City Council about their interest to participate in the planning process.

And the city is more than happy for their input.

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