Downtown Association works to bring life to town

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One year and one name change later, a Fort Stockton board is making plans to enrich Main Street.

The Fort Stockton Downtown Association – originally the Main Street Advisory Committee – was created to bring people to the downtown area.

The board was created by city council after council member Ruben Falcon wanted to bring music and shopping to the area.

“I wanted to bring events downtown,” he said. “I wanted to improve traffic and bring back a vibrant environment.”

The board is made up of Chair Sabrina Ruiz, Vice Chair JB Gallegos, and members Matt Garvin, Tanya Shuttleworth, Laura Gonzalez, Amy Terrazzas and Kessia Ledesma.

For the last year they have been working on understanding how the board works, getting the financial aspect in place and working on a mission statement.

Their goal is to expand economic opportunity and stimulate consumer spending which in turn will create health and vitality of the area.

They are also looking to fill vacant buildings downtown.

The board has also looked to improve the infrastructure of the area, like internet, water and electricity, said Ruiz.

They have several events this year including a Farmer's Market each Saturday during the summer; Sip, Shop and Stroll nights; and the annual Pete Terrazzas Memorial Birthday Party.

The board is considering changing the Sip, Shop and Stroll to 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday to coincide with the summer concert series at Zero Stone Park.

The board is also exploring having more Christmas decorations in the downtown area.

“We all have to support each other and work together,” said Ruiz.

The board members works on their free time to make the downtown area exciting and relevant again.

“We want to bring downtown back to life,” said Ruiz. “We all need to rally together.”

Being in a small town brings challenges when it comes to running a business but the board is dedicated to figuring out something that works.

“We are really open to any ideas,” said Ruiz.

The Downtown Association meets the third Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce building.

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