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Cool Spring Downtown District to host "BIG IDEAS Forum" shaping the future of downtown

By Staff Report, posted Mar 28, 2024 on

As part of its ongoing strategic planning process, Cool Spring Downtown District is excited to announce the upcoming "BIG IDEAS Forum," an engaging community event aimed at soliciting innovative suggestions and visionary concepts to shape the future of downtown Fayetteville.

The forum, scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County located at 301 Hay St., will provide an open platform for residents, business owners, urban planners, artists, and stakeholders to come together and share their aspirations, concerns, and groundbreaking ideas for the development and revitalization of downtown Fayetteville.

With the aim of fostering collaboration and big ideas, the forum will feature interactive discussions and charette-style engagements designed to ignite imaginations and inspire forward-thinking solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in lively dialogue, exchange perspectives, and contribute to the collective vision for downtown Fayetteville’s future.

"We believe that the future of downtown Fayetteville should be shaped by the voices and ideas of the community," said Bianca Shoneman, CEO in a press release. "This forum presents a unique opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to come together, dream big, and collaboratively envision a vibrant and sustainable downtown that reflects our collective values and aspirations."

Whether participants are passionate about urban design, economic development, cultural preservation, or placemaking, their input and insights are invaluable in guiding the strategic direction of downtown Fayetteville.

The "BIG IDEAS Forum" is free and open to all members of the public. Interested individuals are encouraged to register in advance to secure their spot and contribute to this important conversation about the future of downtown Fayetteville. For more information and to register for the event, please visit:

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