Background:

“Early in 2016, the City was approached by USDA to serve as one of three pilot communities for this project, which will combine various funding and municipal resources as well as community involvement to address neighborhood needs. We are excited to be one of the first communities to participate in this pilot program, but it means we need to select a neighborhood and gather some data on what citizens view as priorities,” according to City Manager Kim Foster.

Foster anticipates that the first projects will be exterior improvements to individual homes in a three to five block radius off a main road combined with municipal projects such as sidewalks. She added “It could be a day when a city crew comes with a dumpster and we gather everything folks have not been able to transport to the landfill or recycle. Our goal with this meeting is really to identify a starting place and listen to our citizens about what would be most beneficial to them.”

Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Lawrence said “Wherever this project starts, it is good for all of us. It will foster a sense of community pride and focus resources on our neighborhoods.”

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Jennifer Morris at 731.641.1410 or jmorris@cityofparistn.gov