City of Nacogdoches looking for community feedback to shape the future

City of Nacogdoches looking for community feedback to shape the future
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches leaders are not slowing down despite the city turning 300 years old. Now the city is looking for the vision of the next 300 years.

City leaders are looking for ways to improve the city, yet keep the charm that keeps bringing visitors back to the oldest city in Texas. The city is asking for residents to complete an online survey that will rank the projects they feel are most important.

"While we would love to accomplish everything on that list, we got to prioritize it," said Nacogdoches City Planner Larrisa Philpot.

Philpot and other leaders have been working with SFA's Center for a Livable World to determine what citizens want the city to look like in the coming years.

"It's so important that the citizens tell us what they want because that's all what livability is about," Philpot said. "it seems like a simple answer, but it is. It's about making the community right for citizens."

The center has worked with other cities such as Kilgore in shaping the future, and early focus groups have already sent back some workable options.

"Some of the projects that we are trying to deal with are issues that involve the downtown area," said Dr. Brian Murphy, Dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Also improvements along 59 or the north south street. These would be beautification projects."

And the changing workforce across the region is also an area of concern for the study - not just for Nacogdoches but for the cities that connect to it.

"The workforce center will keep people's skill sets align with the changes that are taking place in society, so our workforce does not fall behind," Murphy said.

They city also wants to grow the relationship between locals and the incoming students at Stephen F. Austin State University.

"SFA is the best thing to ever happen to Nacogdoches," Philpot said. "All of the students that come here, they are a major part of the economy and then all of the cultural benefits they offer."

Philpot is hoping over the next seven days residents will let the leaders know what they want the future to look like.

To take the survey, click here.

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