Leesburg Leaders Seek Input On Downtown Vibrancy

The Town of Leesburg wants to know what would make you more likely to frequent downtown businesses and destinations.

The Leesburg Listens online forum, debuted earlier this year, is being used as the vehicle to garner input on resident perspectives on the downtown area. Economic Development Manager Marantha Edwards explained that this is part of the FY17 budget allocation for downtown initiatives, with funding set aside for marketing and partnerships with the Leesburg Downtown Business Association.

In January, the town hosted a forum seeking input from downtown stakeholders on what changes they would like to see in the downtown area, what they liked, what they didn’t like, and perhaps what the town could do to help. This survey is a continuation of that effort, and Edwards said could guide ways in which the town could help support downtown in the future.

“The goal is in September to work to have another panel [discussion] on how to translate this into best practices for downtown,” she said.

The survey is live until Aug. 7 and can be found at leesburgva.gov/leesburglistens.

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