August meeting scheduled to discuss economic development in Blaine

By Stefanie Donahue

The public is invited to attend the first of several meetings intended to discuss Blaine’s economic future. This comes after city representatives sent out three surveys to the public aimed at capturing the needs and interests of residents, library users and visitors.

The surveys were released in conjunction with the city’s Strategic Economic Initiative. The results of each survey will be used to form an action plan for economic improvement projects in Blaine. The public is invited to attend the meeting at 6 p.m. this Monday, August 15 at the pavilion next to the community center to get a peek at trending results from the survey and preliminary concepts for the plan.

“Since being appointed as city manager, the ongoing question I’m asked starts with ‘Blaine is such a beautiful place,’ followed by ‘why hasn’t the city grown?’ Or, ‘what can be done to get businesses and services to come here like other cities?’” said city manager Dave Wilbrecht. “I believe the city needs to be proactive by supporting the interest and desire of our local citizens who want to choose their city first, before deciding to go south or north for shopping, activities, and services.”

The surveys released to the public in July are open for several more weeks and will help the city identify needs and form a plan to finance projects within the city.

To learn more, visit cityofblaine.com. The surveys can be found by visiting the website and clicking the “news flash” tab.

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