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Downtown Monroe
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A downtown renaissance is happening in Monroe and West Monroe. New businesses are flocking to once vacant buildings and food and night life are following. KEDM's Policy and a Pint took a look at what is encouraging investment our downtowns and how to market what we've got. 

Our expert panel joined a live audience at Trapp's in West Monroe for a lively discussion. 

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Downtown areas sometimes struggle without a strong business base. Bill Roark is a long time commercial real estate broker. He knows what it takes to attract business and devolopment in downtown areas. Roark thinks there must be a "Uniqueness" to hook  people into using downtown areas.  KEDM Policy and a Pint: A Rebirth on the River will tackle downtown redevelopment  with an expert panel that will answer audience questions.

Jay Curtis / KEDM

A renaissance is happening along the banks of the Ouachita River. Downtown Monroe and West Monroe are seeing a rejuvenation of business and development. On Tuesday, September 18, KEDM will hold an open public forum on downtown development and use.  The event will feature an expert panel to answer your questions about future plans and what is working in other areas. 

The Monroe Farmers Market grand opening  is  Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The market has fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.  The Monroe Farmer's Market is located at 1200 Washington Street, across from J.S. Clark Elementary, Monroe. 

The market is open 7am-noon Monday through Saturday. 

Super Heroes and Santa Team Up for Christmas Cheer

Nov 29, 2016
West Monroe-Monroe Chamber

The Kiwanis Club of West Monroe with the support of Origin Bank is hosting this year's Christmas Parade. The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd at the First West Church parking lot and continue across town to end in downtown Monroe's Rivermarket. 

Ryan Rigsby, president of the Kiwanis Club of West Monroe, shares that his favorite part of the Kiwanis club is that "everything we do is for the betterment of the community for children". That ideal is something the Christmas parade tries to reflect. 

New Group Eyes Projects For Downtown West Monroe

Apr 29, 2015
downtownwestmonroe.org

The Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group was created by community and business leaders to address development and beautification projects.  

The area includes sites from the Louisville Bridge to the Endom Bridge and several blocks deep to where downtown meets North 3rd Street.  "This area is key to very important to overall development," says DWMR member Courtney Hornsby.

The group hosts a fundraiser on May 2 to share the mission and plans for the group in enhancing the downtown area.  More information is at:  www.downtownwestmonroe.org