The Canton Main Street Program with the help of the Town Square Initiative Team now has a working strategic plan to help downtown reach the next level. Working with the Town Square Initiative, a specialized downtown team affiliated with the Texas Main Street Program at the Texas Historical Commission, the Canton Main Street can now focus on the vision and downtown action plan throughout the next 5 years. The plan will guide physical improvements in downtown as well as assist in the attraction of a sustainable mix of new uses to best serve local residents while enhancing the visitor experience.

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Who is the TSI Team? The Town Square Initiative is an interdisciplinary team (architecture, planning and economic development) that focuses on the challenge of unoccupied and underutilized historic buildings in Texas downtown’s. TSI selects one city each year for this planning service, providing project management for a downtown action plan to be adopted and implemented by the city. The team works collaboratively with local project partners and the community throughout the process and continues the partnership after plan development assisting with implementation of the action items.

We here at the Canton Main Street Program are so grateful to all in our community who participated in the many meeting, events, surveys and town hall meeting. Opinions were sought from all community members on their personal experience with downtown and what they would like to see it become. There are opportunities to actively participate in the process so keep you eyes out for new announcements as we start the implementation of phase 1.


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