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February 27, 2013

Kingsley to develop economic strategy

From staff reports

KINGSLEY — The Village of Kingsley and its Downtown Development Authority approved a $20,000 contract with the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation to create a community economic development strategy.

The village is looking for more retailers to locate downtown to create more jobs and potentially entice Traverse City-bound traffic to stop in Kingsley. The project will build on existing assets that include an upgraded library, new downtown streetscapes, The Rock youth center, a growing residential base, recreational facilities, including a Civic Center South complex, and the local school system.

The village also hopes to attract fly-fishing enthusiasts with its proximity to the Boardman and Manistee rivers and claim to fame as the (almost) home of Adams fly inventor Len Halladay, who lived in Mayfield. In 2012, the village launched the Kingsley Adams Fly Festival in celebration of the famous dry fly and its nearby inventor.

The EDC’s Rob Richardson will serve as project manager and lead the team that will identify current strengths and weaknesses, create an economic development implementation plan and provide advice on positioning the village as a fly fishing destination. Work should be complete by mid-summer.

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