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Press Release


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2016

Vassar Vision Taste and Talk Event Thursday

Fun, Hands-on Gathering to Kick-Start Vassar Revitalization

 

VASSAR, Michigan - A Vassar Vision Taste and Talk event happening later this week in Vassar aims to provide a fun way for residents, business leaders and supporters to share ideas on ways to improve the community.

The open-to-the-public gathering is a fun community event to brainstorm ways the city can improve the area surrounding the T. North Pavilion, including structures, the parking lot, the river, drain, and park area. Local restaurants will host tasting tables and at each table, attendees will talk about and generate ideas for different parts of the area. The event is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the T. North Pavilion, 100 Spring St.

“We’re getting the community together to create a unified vision and brainstorm ideas for the future,” said Vassar City Manager Brian Chapman. “We’ve had some hard times and now it’s time to reinvest in the downtown. This event will help build positive energy and momentum so we can reinvent ourselves. We’ve got to do this. We have to reinvent ourselves.”

The event, initiated by the City of Vassar with technical assistance from the Michigan Municipal League, is expected to be well attended and has strong support from the business community.

“I’m very excited about all of the new businesses in town and we need to have every storefront full,” said Andreas Fuchs, owner of the Vass Theatre. “Vassar Vision is a great starting point and I’m hoping this will help us find our hook; we need to show what’s unique about Vassar and get people to come in and experience our community.”

The ideas that people come up with during the event will impact everyone so event organizers want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. In particular, they are hoping to attract residents, faith leaders, artists, representatives from the schools, businesses, restaurants, and nearby institutions.

Additional details: Event Facebook page; and join the Facebook group here to keep the conversation going after the event.

For more information, contact the League’s Sarah Craft at scraft@mml.org and (734) 669-6328.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

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