It’s time to step from the shadows of deindustrialization and stop being called a traditional rustbelt city. Don wants Mansfield to be one of America’s next great cities of opportunity. To make this vision a reality, economic development must take top priority in the City of Mansfield.
It’s well-known that Downtown is the heart of Mansfield; a centralized location and home to a vibrant business community. As Mayor, Don will help recruit investors, retailers and tenants while retaining those that already call Downtown home. Having a clean, safe and attractive Downtown community is the way to go.
In addition to strengthening Downtown growth; revitalizing the Miracle Mile is a critical component to our economic plan. Don wants to see that our zoning districts connect to the greatest aspects of our city. Directly outside of Downtown Mansfield is the historic Miracle Mile. This commercial corridor once known for its vast variety of shopping, entertainment and food options; is now at a standstill. Don will work with the Mansfield community to change that.
To strengthen the Miracle Mile’s economic environment, we have to target the conditions that are unconducive to the overall growth and sustainability to the existing businesses in that area.
Technology, modernization and the ongoing impact of internet retail sales have made things more complex for traditional brick and mortar shopping centers and stores in small to medium sized communities across the country. Downsizing and relocation of business operations to meet corporate restructuring strategies and bottom-line goals, remains a concern in the area.
Stronger competition from neighboring regions outside of Mansfield have added a crippling effect to previous and existing markets.
Aging infrastructure, rental increases, and vacant properties have weakened the appeal and attractiveness of the mile.
A Bryant Administration will work with the business community to deploy tools and resources needed to grow and attract new business and to strengthen existing businesses in the area. Don wants the Miracle Mile to be both a dynamic business center and a one-stop shop for family fun in Mansfield and surrounding regions.
The Bryant Miracle Mile Plan incorporates the need for: Entertainment, Hospitality, Health and Nutrition, Recreational and Fitness options and more. In addition to working with the business community, Don will work with community leaders from the surrounding neighborhoods of Trimble Road, Linden, and Park Avenue. Don will also work with the community at-large—residents throughout Mansfield.
“I have a vision that our Miracle Mile will one day be an ideal destination for business travelers and weekend wanderers, as well as conventioneers. Our city is ready for bigger and bolder opportunities. We can make that happen, together.” -Don Bryant, Candidate for Mayor of Mansfield