Downtown Retail Visioning Project holds second community meeting

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The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), in partnership with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, will hold the second community workshop for the Downtown Long Beach Retail Visioning Project on Wednesday, January 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Avenue.

The major goals for the Retail Visioning Project include: developing a vision for Downtown’s retail future, aligning the work programs for the industries and agencies involved in retail recruitment, building positioning-based destinations that will drive recruitment efforts, and clarifying the process of retail recruitment for the community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on the draft retail visioning statement and the specific steps needed to achieve that vision. Like the previous workshop in December, the January 6 meeting will include breakout sessions designed to capture insight and feedback from workshop participants. The public will review the draft vision statement and participate in roundtable discussions about issues and strategies that either directly or indirectly affect the community’s ability to achieve that vision.

The DLBA will present the vision and correlating strategies to the public at a final workshop on March 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church.

The retail plan and strategy will only be as successful as the community makes it.  Residents, neighborhood associations, and local businesses are encouraged to attend so that the plan can be a true reflection of the needs of the community.

To learn more about the Retail Visioning Project, and to view a video from the first community meeting, visit

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