Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Councilwoman Gwen Mason was elected to Roanoke City Council as an
Gwen Mason & Family
Independent in 2006 and is a Democrat and member of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee. Mason has the strong backing of both Roanoke City and Roanoke County Democrats. Other possible nominees have fallen by the wayside as Mason has emerged as the strongest candidate. Fellow Council member Dr. David Trinkle stepped aside as did Rich Cranwell, son of Virginia State Party Chair, “Dickie” Cranwell.
Danny Frei who ran the “For The City” independent ticket with Trinkle, Mason, and Dowe was on hand but denied when asked if he was Mason’s campaign manager. “I’m just helping out,” said Frei.
Close by and taking good care of Mason was Drew Dunsmore along with Gena Doyle. Densmore was right by Mason’s side when she spoke to the media. Mason confirmed that she had not yet formed her campaign team.
Mason was clear in her intentions to follow a more centrist platform in the style of U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former governor of Virginia.
Mason says that “cities and counties are dependent on a strong voice in the General Assembly because so much of the revenue comes from state funding. And given recent economic issues, we can see clearly how important state funding and support will be going forward. I want to work across party lines to build consensus on fiscal and other issues, and that’s what I’m committed to doing.”
Mason is a native of Richmond and has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. Mason worked 15 years for the Federal government in Washington, D.C., including 13 years at the Department of the Interior. She was responsible for managing personnel and budgets in three Interior agencies. Mason worked with Members of Congress, advocacy groups and citizen committees. In 2001, she was granted the Meritorious Service Award by the Secretary of the Interior . She works part-time as a grant writer for non-profit organizations and is a consultant to Orchard House School, a research-based girls’ middle school in Richmond founded by her sister, Nancy W. Davies.
“I believe that a strong business investment strategy is important, and I know that I will apply the same leadership skills that I’ve demonstrated in Roanoke to the House of Delegates in Richmond,” said Mason.