MainStreet activities, plans for visioning sessin

Six Shooter Siding Festival
The Six-Shooter Siding Festival Committee still has some space available at our festival on October 13th. “The festival is starting to take shape and it looks like we will have a number of groups participating,” said David Buchen, executive director of Main Street, in a news release.
“We are working with groups from Mesalands Community College, Eastern New Mexico Art Space, the Class of 2008 and 2009 from the high school.
“The Quay County Council for Arts and Humanities will be hosting a talent contest and we anticipate having a group from Las Vegas for our evening street dance.”
Another activity will be the Pecan Bake-off Competition, Buhen said.
Sponsors for the festival include Byran Urlacker GM, the Elks Lodge, City of Tucumcari, ENMAS and Tucumcari Main Street.
There is still time to reserve a spot by calling Sharon Quarles at 461-7891.

Visioning set for Oct. 16
Tucumcari Main Street and the Small Business Development Center at Mesalands Community College will be hosting a Visioning Session for Downtown Tucumcari at 5:15 p.m. on Oct 16 Mesalands Community College.
This session will allow members of the community to have input into the direction of our downtown development. Invite your friends and associates to attend this meeting. It is important that we develop a good vision on how our downtown will be redeveloped.
Here’s how the process works:

Step 1: Visioning session:
Participants answer a series of questions about the downtown district. The questions address topics like economic uses of downtown, physical changes, social uses, and other aspects of the downtown.
After answering the questions individually, participants then break into small groups to identify points of agreement in their small group. The entire group then comes back together to share answers and identify priorities for the downtown.

Step 2: Draft statement
New Mexico MainStreet personnel take the input from the evening session and use the input to develop a draft vision statement. This statement is then returned to the Main Street board of directors for review and/or revision.

Step 3: Board Review
The board reviews and adopts the vision statement, which then becomes the guiding framework for the organization’s work. Working with New Mexico MainStreet, the board and committees can use the vision as their over-arching goal for downtown. The vision statement can help to identify short- and long-term projects and activities. It can also be used to evaluate the organization’s progress and potential projects.