Summit A Chance To Brainstorm Better Future


Kent Burnes will be in Payson March 31 to discuss ways the town can work to make Main Street a destination.

Burnes has been involved in downtown revitalization for more than 20 years. He will offer advice from his experience in a presentation titled, "The Cool Cities Movement."


Kent Burnes

Burnes will speak at a morning-long retreat called the Focused Future II Retreat.

The public is invited to the event to listen and discuss the future of the Payson community and its economic development goals.

Participants will examine and refine community and economic development goals and strategies. There is a two-year timeline to accomplish the goals and strategies.

Another objective of the summit is to build community consensus.

The foundation of the discussion is the 2005 Focused Future II plan to strengthen Payson's economic position.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration, continental breakfast and a series of overview presentations.

Burnes will speak at 8:40 a.m. Participants will be given a 15-minute break, then move into special groups covering the following topics:

  • Strong community -- Define community identity, build strong leaders and strengthen neighborhoods and community organizations.
  • Business development --Ensure that existing businesses are competitive and that the community remains attractive to new business investment.
  • Visitor attraction and retention -- Support tourism, a driving force in Payson's economy, by capitalizing on our scenic beauty and natural resources.
  • Quality education and work force -- Promote quality educational opportunities, a key component of work force development.
  • Community infrastructure -- Ensure that water, sewer, roads, telecommunications and utilities are available for current and future community needs.
  • Heritage and natural environment -- Preserve our unique heritage and natural forest environment.

These sessions will run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. A general gathering for a lunch is scheduled from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., followed by a wrap-up session at 11:45 a.m.

More than 200 invitations to participate were issued by the Focused Future II Action Team and Planning Committee, but anyone interested may take part in the summit. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. Contact Ann Henley at APS for registration materials at 400 W. Longhorn Road or call (928) 474-7627, FAX (928) 474-7629 or e-mail

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