Small Towns Hope for DREAM
Gov. Blunt has a plan to make the dream of new looks or new businesses come true for small communities.
He announced his downtown DREAM initiative on Monday. DREAM stands for Downtown Revitalization Economic Assistance for Missouri.
Similar downtown renewal already is underway in Columbia.
R.W. Smith, an employee at Bingham's clothing store, said, "I just think it's all a positive step in the right direction, I really do. And I'm kind of excited about it, to see the change happen."
The governor's initiative will select 6-10 towns to revitalize as DREAM communities. Blunt hopes changes in Columbia can serve as a model for those towns.
"All too often, our smaller communities, and even our smaller, mid-sized communities, miss out on the revitalization of their downtown," he noted.
The DREAM program would help communities with building improvements, historic preservation, affordable housing and job creation.
Gary Castilow of the Shepard's Nook in Fulton said, "If we could just fix up a few things, that would be nice."
City governments have 3 months to apply as a DREAM community. If the state picks a town's downtown, it stays in the program for 3 years.
Reported by: Jamie Grey