Press release

The City of Bishop invites the community to attend a community workshop on May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Home Economics Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. The workshop will focus on gathering public input and ideas for revitalizing downtown Bishop, increasing housing options, and streamlining the Municipal Code to incentivize commercial activity.

The workshop is being funded through an Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Communities Grant the City was awarded in late 2016. Bishop was one of a handful of communities selected nationally to receive assistance this year through the Building Blocks program, and the only City in California.

The evening community meeting is an opportunity for anyone to come and learn more about steps other small cities and towns are taking to become more sustainable and to share their ideas on the topic. The workshop will be facilitated by Renaissance Planning, who will bring case studies and best practices from similar Cities, including strategies they’ve used to revitalize their community, and interactive exercises to solicit input from the community on the opportunities and constraints for revitalization of Bishop. Representatives from State and Federal agencies have committed to coming to Bishop to learn more about the community, including USDA Rural Economic Development, the Small Business Development Center in Bakersfield, and Office of Housing and Community Development.

The input from the workshop will inform an action-oriented plan that will provide the City with specific strategies to fulfill the goals established in the 2015 General Plan Economic Development Element Update, as well as an inventory of potential funding sources to implement those actions.

Everyone is invited to attend and provide their insights and ideas for a better Bishop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact Elaine Kabala at 760-873-8458 or [email protected].

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