ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEFINITION
Activities and organizations that support the implementation and sustainability of the 2011 Mt. Sterling Uptown Long Range Strategic Plan and the economic well-being of Brown County in Illinois.
“Empty storefronts”; “So many buildings need repaired”; “We want Mt. Sterling to be how it used to be when we grew up.” This was feedback received from Brown County community members in 2010 when asked by the Foundation about revitalizing Uptown.
Mt. Sterling Uptown Long Range Strategic Plan – At the request of the Tracy Family Foundation and the Mt. Sterling Uptown Steering Committee, Kiku Obata & Company partnered with the citizens of Mt. Sterling in 2011 to help shape important aspects of the future of Mt. Sterling through the creation of a Long-Range Strategic Plan.
Phasing and Priorities
The Plan involves 4 phases and covers a span of time between 2011-2023. It is Plan that is thoughtful and one that community citizens understand is a “marathon, not a sprint”. It is a Plan that calls for the engagement of three sectors – public, private, and civic.
Plan Progress – The public, private, and civic sectors are collectively working to translate the community’s hopes and dreams into a doable vision of a “vibrant and attractive Uptown that attracts and retains entities which draw people to Brown County to shop, work, live, and explore.” Since the inception of the Long Range Plan, just a few of the noteworthy changes include the launch of a Façade Improvement Grant Program for businesses in Uptown Mt. Sterling…the start-up of a new organization, Action Brown County….the opening of Dorothy’s Market on Main St…..the opening of John Wood Community College/Mt. Sterling branch in Uptown. To learn more, click here.