On July 14th, the City of Fairbury held a meeting for businesses, organizations, and any community members interested in keeping Fairbury alive and thriving. Approximately thirty-five citizens were in attendance. Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th at 7pm at the Fairbury City Hall. Please, please plan to attend this one!
City Aldermen Terry Zimmerman and David Slagel moderated the meeting, and Mayor Lynn Dameron and Superintendent Leroy McPherson presented their thoughts on possible tools and resources available through city, county, and state programs.
Several members of the Specialty Shops group attended as one of the primary goals of the shops’ group is to build an interesting and viable retail setting not only for local people, but also for tourists passing through the area.
“It was a really great initial meeting,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents. “The group touched on a lot of ideas to begin exploring to help our City.”
A member of the audience, Dan Mullen, spoke about the community of Hardy, Arkansas which has a population of approximately 700. This community was in decline and they formed a SWOT team of local citizens to begin development of a long-range plan to take advantage of what they did have to offer rather than focusing on what they didn’t have. Today, the community is thriving due to maximizing local revenue sources and having a calendar of regular activities and events to draw people to them.
“Fairbury has so much to offer already! Between the family farms serving Chicago, the natural preserves of Fugate and James Woods, the American Legion Speedway, the variety of specialty shops and restaurants, the golf course, and Fairbury Echoes Museum, we are blessed with a lot of attractions.
“It is critical that the community comes together and works on brainstorming and implementing a plan like Hardy did. If all of the local organizations and groups could band together with volunteers from the community, a lot could be accomplished. Please attend the meeting at the City Hall on Tuesday, August 11th!” says Bobbi.
Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.