Since September 2014, local leaders in Kingman have been hard at work developing a Community Revitalization Plan to guide the city’s economic future. The “Plan” was part of the submission in the America’s Best Communities Contest.
“Our journey to become America’s best community did not end when the semifinalists were announced, and Kingman didn’t make the cut. This experience set us on a bold course to a more vibrant, prosperous future,” said Yvonne Woytovich, Kingman ABC Team Member.
The Plan is the result of many community meetings, forums, and workshops where citizens and representatives from various sectors in Kingman gave input and feedback on their concerns and visions for Kingman.
“With support from America’s Best Communities and input from hundreds of residents, we have constructed a revitalization strategy that effectively lays out the steps we need to take to become the community we know we can be,” said Mayor Richard Anderson.
When implemented, the Plan will:
· Draw more activity into Historic Downtown Kingman
· Promote exploration and discovery of Kingman’s history and nightlife
· Improve quality of life for Kingman’s residents making it more attractive as a place to do business and raise a family
· Help retain and attract businesses to the community creating more jobs and opportunities for Kingman Residents
The ABC Team is working on turning the application into a comprehensive report. While Kingman didn’t make it into the next round of the contest, the contest was a good experience that helped energize the community and brought the community together around a common goal. Feedback from the judges was positive and suggested Kingman is on the right track. According to judges’ comments, Kingman successfully worked together for the past few years, and our community didn’t demonstrate as much need as others.
The Welcome Arch project, a cornerstone of the first and second rounds of the contest, is still on track for implementation. “We hope to see the arch in place by the end of 2016,” Woytovich said. The team continues to work with various agencies to move the Welcome Arch forward despite a few setbacks at the end of 2015.
Other projects included in the application are the Venture Club’s Splash Pad project that exceeded its fundraising goals earlier this year and is moving forward and the implementation of an Entertainment District Designation to foster development of the Downtown Area.
Future initiatives include development of the mountain bike trails creating opportunities to host national and international events in the area, implementation of public Wi-Fi in the Downtown area to encourage travelers to stay and explore Kingman, and a Community Information Marquee to inform residents and travelers about upcoming community events.
The Kingman ABC Team is wishes to acknowledge all of the local supporters of the contest. Special Thanks to Kingman Regional Medical Center, Kingman Chevrolet, Kingman Honda, Chicago Title, Mohave State Bank, Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, Unisource Energy Services, Route 66 Rotary, West Coast Netting, Route 66 Trailblazers Rotaract Club, Kingman Downtown Merchants Association, Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Lingenfelter Family Trust, Angle Homes, Mayor Richard Anderson, and Dr. Regina Cobb.