Friday, December 14, 2007

Notice of Upcoming MDHA Meeting

On Thursday, November 29th, the Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency (MDHA), The Metro Planning Department, and the Nashville Civic Design Center, hosted a community workshop entitled "The Potential for Revitalization of Madison Village". The Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce has been working in conjunction with the MDHA since 1998 to devise a plan to revitalize and stimulate positive growth the in Madison-Rivergate area. Many of the facets of the plan have already been completed, and it is time now to work on the second phase.

During the community meeting on the 29th, there were brief presentations made by the MDHA, the Metro Planning Department, and the Nashville Civic Design Center. After the presentations, attendees broke off into 6 small focus groups to discuss and identify Madison's strengths, weaknesses, opportnities, and threats (a SWOT Analysis). Each of the 6 groups identified "crime" as a weakness. Four of the groups listed several positive things as building blocks for growing the Madison community including the Madison Art Center and the National College of Business & Technology.

It was encouraging to see so many Madison area residents come out to the meeting to voice their concerns and show interest in the revitalization of their community. Two of Madison's councilmen, Jim Forkum and Rip Ryman, as well as MK Sullivan, a representative of Council Lady Megan Barry, were in attendance to show their support to the persons of this community. Another meeting has been planned for January 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm, where discussions will continue and additional plans will be set in motion. All Madison area residents are encouraged to attend, to bring their neighbors, and take part in planning for the revitalization of Madison!

Next MDHA Community Meeting
January 24, 2008
5:30 PM
The Madison Station Senior Center


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