The next meeting for a community project to develop a long-range plan for Houston is Monday.

The City of Houston and the Texas County Extension Council have recognized the potential of engaging the MU Extension/Drury Center for Community Studies to work with the community in developing dialogue and creating a ‘visioning toolkit’ for the possibilities of Houston 2040.

Drury students started the 2014 fall semester with a weekend long immersion in Houston, allowing them to attend the Friday night football game, explore the city, meet community members and experience a kayak float of the Upper Current River.

Current work is focused on understanding the ‘places’ in Houston and understanding the specific assets and challenges of the city.

The next step in the process is a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MU Extension and Drury architecture students will host this meeting at the Houston Storm Shelter to get public feedback to further help develop a ‘visioning toolkit’ for this 25-year long-range effort of the City of Houston.

“Economic development methods are shifting from less productive recruitment to entrepreneurship and supporting ‘homegrown’ businesses. Attraction of young professionals, fostering start-ups and retention of the community’s youth are seen as critical to survival,” said Jeff Barber, housing and environmental design specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Drury University architecture students and University of Missouri Extension specialists work together in certain communities to improve urban and rural development in Missouri as a part of Drury University’s Center for Community Studies.

(Note: The meeting location was changed  to meet closer to the downtown business district. It will be at the storm shelter at Pine and First streets.)

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