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The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.
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This is North by Northeast, conversations that matter to Northeast Texas. On today's episode we discuss Reimagine Commerce. It’s an ambitious proposal designed to make Commerce a better place to live and work. Much of the plan involves a redesign of some of the town’s thoroughfares and that part has inspired some opposition as well as support.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says crews are tearing up the south side of Live Oak Street to build new sidewalks (in some places on Live Oak, sidewalks have not existed before).  The work is being paid for with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, and is the beginning of the city's revitalization plan,    called "Reimigine Commerce," developed last year in consultation with the Toole Design Group.  The city and Texas A&M-

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Michael Paris, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, reflects on a recent column in the Paris News by Mary Madewell, expressing optimism for the economy of Paris and Northeast Texas.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

The Commerce City Council meets next on Jan. 22.
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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city is addressing a chemical imbalance in the city's water that requires it to send out regular water-quality notices to citizens.  The mayor says the water is within standards of safety for drinking, but the city will have to show over an extended period of time that the problem is being corrected, and in the meantime, the notices must continue to be sent.  Mayor Williams says part of the problem is that water collects in an older water line that is not in heavy use, and

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John Sellers, recently selected as the new mayor of Sulphur Springs by his fellow city council members, recounts the city's downtown revitalization project, directed by city planning organization Toole Design Group, which is now assisting with a similar effort in Commerce.

Members of the Norris Community hosted an Aug. 8 meeting where residents spoke with city officials and planners about revitalization plans for Commerce.
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The City of Commerce has contracted with Toole Design Group, a national urban planning firm, to devise a plan to improve the city’s downtown and transportation corridors. Planners and city officials held an open meeting in the Norris Community, the historically African-American neighborhood on the northeast side of Commerce, on Aug. 8.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss reflects on plans the "Commerce Strong" event Saturday, Sept. 9 in response to the recent situation involving the Commerce police chief and the revitalization project being directed by the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization. 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city has a deal with Toole Design and Ian Lockwood, the person behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Lockwood and his team will be in Commerce July 10-13 and August 7-10 to meet with citizens and to formulate a comprehensive plan for the city.  Texas A&M University-Commerce is participating in the effort.  On another topic, the city is looking for a finance director to replace Brady Olson, who has left for another position.

After the renovations to Main Street Sulphur Springs, Texas
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Ian Lockwood of Toole Design Group was back at the drawing board this week for the City of Sulphur Springs. Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell brought Lockwood on in 2007 as the designing force behind the successful renovations to downtown and Celebration District and Plaza.

The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.
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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council recently met in executive session with the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization that was behind the renewal of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Ian Lockwood, the planner who worked with Sulphur Springs on the project, was one of those meeting with the City Council.  Toole will come back to the City Council with a proposal for Commerce at a date in the near future.  The mayor says Dr.