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Huntington hosts fiscal, economic health workshop

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Huntington officials and residents met with Smart Growth America representatives Wednesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Topics of conversation involved city planning, ways to improve Huntington's downtown and the overall economic growth of the city. City livability and walkability also played key roles in the conversation.

Chris Zimmerman, Smart Growth America vice president for economic development, said America is reverting back to a downtown-centric focus, and aging Baby Boomers and Millinnials alike are seeking places to live and work that are surrounded by varied entertainment and dining options within walking distance.

Following presentations from Smart Growth America and local officials, those in attendance gathered to discuss ideas on how Huntington can improve its fiscal and economic health.

In January 2014, the City of Huntington was one of 18 communities out of 98 that applied that was selected by Smart Growth America to participate in the free technical assistance program.

Read the full story in Thursday's The Herald-Dispatch.