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October 12, 2013

New Visions outlines 2014 plans

NEW CASTLE — New Visions for Lawrence County will focus on downtown New Castle in 2014.

At a community-wide planning meeting Thursday at New Castle High School, New Visions officials, volunteers and 80 to 90 community members heard what the organization’s four action teams accomplished in 2013 and what they plan for 2014.

“The downtown is the heart of Lawrence County and the county seat,” said Angie Mohr, secretary/treasurer of New Visions.

“We’re very optimistic following our first year and grateful for the volunteers who made up our action teams and are eager to get more of our community involved.”

Topping the list, Mohr said, New Visions will hire an executive director in 2014 to give the organization a new face.

“A director will keep us focused as the movement continues to grow.”

The organization will build on the current year’s theme, which was “Go out and do something.”

In the past year, she said, action teams focused on safety, celebrations, communications and clean and green activities.

Volunteers took on a range of projects that included organized cleanups at local parks and the downtown, cash mobs to inject revenue into downtown businesses through the summer and getting behind celebrations and events such as the Arts Fest, New Castle Fireworks Festival and the summer’s downtown concerts.

The organization will continue the on-going “Stand Up for New Castle” campaign that has included billboards, T-shirts and bumper stickers.

Health and history walks also have been part of the program, drawing people downtown for guided tours that are not only healthy but explain architecture styles of various buildings.

Mohr said long-range plans include partnering with New Castle officials, the Community Y and Jameson Health System to develop Riverwalk Park. This will promote fitness and could be an art or history walk too, she said.

“The goal is to draw people downtown,” she said. “We want to create the city as a destination location.”

Other projects are expected to include: creating an Earth Day event, developing a downtown dog park and combining the arts and fireworks festivals into a Rockets on the River celebration. There also are plans to develop a downtown action team to work with businesses to draw people downtown by orchestrating activities.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with New Visions for Lawrence County may visit the website at www.newvisionslc.org for a list of upcoming events, activities and meetings.

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