Community discussion on improving downtown Huntington to take place this morning

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Cross-Sector Partnership, made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, will hold a community discussion about issues related to further improving the downtown Huntington area and reducing crime and drug use.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 24, in the Shawkey Dining Room. Marshall faculty and staff are urged to attend the meeting. A stakeholder discussion for Marshall students will follow at noon.

BCJI stakeholders include the Huntington Police Department, Marshall University, the city of Huntington, Marshall’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Create Huntington, local business leaders, the faith-based community, non-profits and Collective Impact, LLC.

“The Partnership’s efforts’ ultimate goal is the development of a community-oriented crime reduction and economic development strategy in the city of Huntington,” said Dr. John Yaun, director of Housing and Residence Life, a member of the BCJI Cross-Sector Partnership and organizer of the discussions. “Stakeholder engagement and input activities include gathering feedback through key informant interviews, a business and resident survey, #1100BAM Street Speaks survey, and community stakeholder discussions.”

Bruce Decker, founder and owner of Collective Impact, LLC, will facilitate the discussions. More information is available by calling Yaun at ext.6-3152.