In July 2019, the City of West Monroe was awarded a $99,000 Rural Business Development Grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. The purpose of the program is to provide economic development training and technical assistance to communities with a population of 50,000 or less. The City of West Monroe leveraged this federal grant program to develop a downtown master plan by engaging Atlas Community Studios, a company with specialized expertise in strategic planning and place-based economic development.
The foundation of the downtown master plan is based on the opinions of those who know and understand the community best: West Monroe residents. To ensure West Monroe’s Downtown Master Plan resonated with those who reside in the area, Atlas engaged local stakeholders in a strategic planning process.
Building on the foundation of previous and existing revitalization efforts, these priority projects are designed to incentivize redevelopment and capital investment, modernize aging infrastructure, beautify streetscapes, attract and retain a talented workforce, increase sports tourism, and make West Monroe a better place to live so residents and businesses alike can grow and thrive.
In the past three years, the City of West Monroe has been able to achieve significant accomplishments in the areas of infrastructure, economic development, community development, and quality of life.