Dreams Come True in Hermann
Hermann might not be decrepit, but state assistance could be useful down the road. So, Stemme and the rest of Hermann welcomed Gov. Matt Blunt to kick off the city's DREAM project. Blunt's program promises new tenants in vacant buildings, new facades over old, and a new vibrancy to the whole area.
The plan works without giving dollars directly, but by offering help connecting with existing state agencies.
"I think you'll see a lot of increased economic activity. A lot of the stores that are vacant now will be restored," Hermann Mayor Norbert Englert said.
And stores aren't the only things on the agenda. There are many places in Hermann people would like to see renovated. But, the old Gasconade County Court House is one of the most important.
Hermann is one of ten small towns in Missouri that will receive help from the state. And, Stemme said being chosen out of more than ninety cities will bring great things to Hermann.
"We'll attract visitors to town. And, that's an important component of our town," Stemme said.
City leaders will now meet to determine the priorities for the program.
Reported by: Michael Chesney