NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday, the City of Newburyport along with the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce have announced their intent to pursue a state-authorized cultural district designation through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
A state-authorized cultural district is a mixed-use geographical area that has a concentration of cultural facilities and assets. A city or town has to form a committee with a broad and diverse partnership of stakeholders committed to cultural, community and economic development to provide oversight of the district.
A cultural district will endorse the state-sponsored cultural district goals: attracting artists and cultural enterprises, encouraging business and job development, establishing tourist destinations, preserving and reusing historic buildings, enhancing property values and fostering local cultural development.
The first step in becoming a cultural district is that a city or town has to hold a public hearing and adopt a resolution proclaiming its interest in establishing a state-designated cultural district.
The public is invited to the first step — a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in City Hall auditorium.