What area of town does this address?
The Strong at Heart project focuses on Downtown Taos—the plaza and several blocks around the plaza—and the portion of the Paseo Corridor that passes through downtown. The project will focus on this area. See map below.
How’s the project funded?
The Town of Taos applied for and was accepted to receive technical assistance from the nonprofit Community Builders organization. Community Builders funds this work through the support of its donors and philanthropic partners, and is committing $120,000 in staff time and consulting towards the project. The Town of Taos is committing staff time to assist with the project.
How will this be different this time?
The Town is committed to speaking deeply and broadly with the community, providing numerous ways for people to share and participate. The final product will be based on the input from the community, making it a community driven plan.
What about the other plans we participated in?
This project is focused on the Downtown, which includes the plaza and portions of the Paseo Corridor.
Who is Community Builders? Why are they working with us?
Community Builders is a nonprofit organization based in Glenwood Springs, CO who helps build successful, prosperous places by strengthening local leadership, supporting on the ground change, and inspiring local action. Community Builders offers technical assistance at low or no cost to communities within Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
In February 2017, the Town of Taos applied for and were accepted to receive technical assistance from Community Builders. Community Builders staff are helping to provide advice and guidance to the Town of Taos throughout the project.
What’s the timeline? How long will this take?
The project will begin in June of 2017 and is expected to last through Summer of 2018. See the Project Timeline page for more information.
What’s in it for us? What do municipalities/private business get out of the process?
This effort is aimed at supporting and complementing local efforts and strategic planning for the Downtown. We seek to understand what Taoseños love about the area and what they envision for its future. We cannot do that in a vacuum. Participating in these discussions allows you to share your particular needs, challenges, ideas and hopes, which ultimately shapes the outcomes and recommendations of the project. Your involvement is critical.
Planning projects always seem to create documents rather than action, how will this be implemented?
The Town of Taos is committed to action and implementation. This project will result in an action plan that provides specific, actionable steps to achieve the community’s vision for the downtown. The Town has also developed a leadership structure to provide accountability for implementation of the plan for downtown Taos.
What is government’s role in downtown and economic development?
Government’s role in downtown and economic development is to create good infrastructure, facilitate and support private sector partnerships and facilitate economic opportunities. Local government can assist entrepreneurs, employers, industry and small business by connecting them to resources that are available. Local governments are also responsible for creating a regulatory scheme that reflects their constituent’s needs and desires and also serves the community in a way to promote a sustainable and prosperous economy and quality of life.
My comment did not show up on the forum or FB. Why?
We want and actively invite your participation in this project—it is absolutely crucial to make sure we get it right. So, if you’ve submitted a comment via Facebook or our website forum, and it’s not appearing where it should, it is due to one of two things. One, that there was a technical error in transmission. We invite you to try again and apologize for the inconvenience. Two, we are moderating these forums and are committed to providing a space for civil dialogue. If your post uses profanity, involves personal attacks or name-calling, we will remove it. In this instance, we encourage you to channel your inner statesman and try the post again.
What is the relationship of this project to VisitTaos?
VisitTaos is a public/private initiative of the Town of Taos dedicated to promoting Taos. It serves tourists and those interested in visiting and spending time in Taos. This project is focused on Taoseños—those of us who live, work and play here.