Cities across Texas invite potential investors, downtown developers, entrepreneurs, and residents looking to be part of downtown's transformation to "Imagine the Possibilities" each May for Preservation Month. This statewide event began in 2017 with the launch of DowntownTX.org to help promote the site and connect available historic properties with interested new stewards. The concentrated statewide effort creates synergy and excitement for Texas' historic downtowns, allows participants special access to spaces, and insider information from experienced downtown professionals. Selected properties featured on each city’s DowntownTX.org page are open and accessible to the public and tour attendees obtain additional information on downtown development and business resources. Every tour is different, as cities put their own spin on their events; some may choose to focus on lease spaces and attracting new businesses, while others may showcase long vacant buildings ripe for redevelopment using the preservation tax credit programs.
If your city's Main Street or Certified Local Goverment Program is active on DowntownTX.org and you're interested in hosting an Imagine the Possibilities tour, contact Kylie Woodlock with Texas Main Street: Town Square Initiative at (512) 463-7466 to learn how to get on the next tour schedule.
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In 2020, cities across the state are hosting a record number of Imagine the Possibilities tours: Amarillo, Beaumont, Beeville, Brenham, Brownsville, Caldwell, Childress, Corsicana, Denison, Elgin, Goliad, Harlingen, Kilgore, Kingsville, Levelland, Linden, Mesquite, Palestine, Paris, Pilot Point, Rio Grande City, San Augustine, San Marcos, Sherman, Taylor, Temple, Texarkana, Vernon, Victoria, and Waco.
Due to an over-abundance of concern for public health and well-being surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Imagine the Possibilities tours are being postponed. We hope to reschedule the tours later this year. Please check back with us later this year, or contact Kylie Woodlock, DowntownTX.org Project Manager, at 512-463-7466 for more information.
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