How can the community prepare for all of the extra attention over the next few years?
More visitors are coming...
Take three minutes to check out this virtual walk-through of what the the Eisenhower Museum will look like when the renovation is complete:
Last year more than 200,000 people visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home. Renovated museums like this often see an attendance surge of up to twice as many visitors each year in the 18- to 24-months after a renovation is complete. The Dickinson County Heritage Center also is working on an expansion project. Old Abilene Town continues its renovation, and the City will celebrate 150 years of official incorporation in 2019.
Interest in Eisenhower will be increasing everywhere...
June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day -- which was the invasion led by Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower that resulted in the turning point of World War II. Global celebrations and remembrances will be bringing attention to Eisenhower and his hometown. Also next year, there will be an unveiling of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Statute in Topeka at the State Capitol grounds. Then in May 2020, the under-construction Eisenhower Memorial will be dedicated in Washington D.C.
What plans are already in the works at the City?
- The Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home are planning a number of celebrations. Keep an eye on their web site for more details.
- The City's Convention and Visitor's Bureau is currently promoting a boomerang-themed "Come Back to Abilene" campaign.
- The City's Convention and Visitor's Bureau is working on a re-design of the City web site that will add key visitor elements and provide a new look and feel for visually representing the City.
- The City's Public Works Department is working with the Kansas Department of Transportation to make some enhancements in traffic flow and some potential aesthetic and safety improvements to the intersection of 14th and Buckeye.
- The City's Convention and Visitor's Bureau is working on a Veterans Banner project that will be available to celebrate all Veterans.
- The City's Parks and Recreation Department is working on a re-design of Little Ike Park in Downtown.
- The City's Fire Department and Convention and Visitor's Bureau are working on plans for the City's 150th birthday celebration commemorating official incorporation.
- The City has granted funding to the Dickinson County Heritage Center for its capital improvement campaign.
- The City is seeking more partners to determine a plan for gateway entrance signs and way-finding signs.
- The City's Parks and Recreation Department and Convention and Visitor's Bureau are making plans for a community trip to Washington D.C. where we can rally with residents from Denison, Texas, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the Eisenhower Memorial dedication.
What else can be done in the community to help make the most of this opportunity for celebration and economic prosperity?
Here's where we need your help: Submit your community plan or plans or offer some ideas for others. Or maybe just support one of the ideas already submitted here. Get creative...businesses and civic groups are looking for ideas and support...you can upload pictures, too!
Thank you, Austin Gilley, City Manager
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Deadline: 12:00 PM on November 30, 2018