LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - City leaders and other dignitaries in Longview signed an official letter of intent Tuesday in pursuing a cultural district designation within the state of Texas' Cultural Districts Program.
“Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work from a group of people here in Longview that are involved in the various arts organizations, governmental agencies, and so forth” said Jon Cromer.
The letter of intent is the first step in the process to become designated as a cultural arts district; the city will also follow the letter with a formal application in May.
According to the Texas Commission on the Arts website (TCA), the TCA can designate cultural districts in cities like Longview across Texas. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization, the TCA.
These districts can become focal points for generating businesses, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride, which is something city leaders have also kept in mind during the application process.
“Any community that’s trying to grow would want to increase it’s tourism," Cromer clarified. “So, if there’s an initiative like this that we can take up and try to accomplish as a group, anything like a benefit from that comes from that would be great.”
“Our hope is it will help advance cultural arts in Longview, created as a cultural destination,” Cromer added. “And, that we will reach as many people as possible regardless of where people live, or how old they are, or where they come from.”