Two community engagement teams have been formed:
Ambassador Team: Members of this team have received special training on the revitalization plan (Huntington Innovation Project, or HIP) and will serve as ambassadors to the rest of the community. Tyson Compton, executive director of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, is chairman of this team.
Social Media Team: Members of this team are working under the direction of City of Huntington Communications Director Bryan Chambers and are responsible for sharing updates about the competition, the HIP plan and other positive Huntington stories by using the hashtags #ABC8 and #MakeNoLittlePlans. If you would like to join this team, email Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#ABC8 Social Media Challenge: This fall, there will be a fun, community-wide challenge to raise awareness of America's Best Communities and the HIP Plan on social media. The winner will receive a cash prize.
#ABC8 Restaurant Night: Once a month beginning this fall through April 2017, a participating restaurant will host an "#ABC8 Restaurant Night" with a small percentage of sales donated to the HIP Projects. Drew Hetzer, owner of Backyard Pizza, and Ava Bicknell, owner of Savannah's, have agreed to lead this effort.
Neighborhood Meetings: Officials with the Huntington Municipal Development Authority and the consulting firm of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates will present information about the future use of post-industrial brownfields properties within the Highlawn Neighborhood Association to members of the Highlawn Neighborhood Association at the group's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Community of Grace United Methodist Church, 225 28th St.
Public Workshops: The City of Huntington, Huntington Municipal Development Authority and the consulting firm of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates will host an interactive workshop for the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Community of Grace United Methodist Church, 225 28th St. The focus of the workshop will be on the future use of several post-industrial brownfields properties throughout the city, especially within the Highlawn neighborhood. The main question that will be asked at the workshop will be, "How should Huntington address its vacant and underutilized industrial and brownfields areas?" A brownfield is a parcel of land devalued by the real or perceived presence of contamination.
Press Conferences: The City of Huntington will host four quarterly press conferences leading up to the announcement of the three ABC grand prize winners in April 2017. Each press conference will be scheduled one to two weeks prior to each quarterly report that will be due to the America's Best Communities competition. The next quarterly press conference is scheduled for Sept. 28, 2016.
The City is setting up the following funds with Foundation for the Tri-State Community to allow individuals and corporations to donate to the HIP Plan:
Those who are interested in donating can call the FTSC at 606.324.3888 or email email@example.com.