The timing is excellent for the City of Hardin to undertake a growth management and downtown revitalization plan. As the world is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic more mobile and digital than ever before, “place-based” economic development will become increasingly important in sustaining healthy, vibrant communities.
Redevelopment through best growth management practices coupled with the community’s intended investment in the downtown corridor will make Hardin a competitive, regional center. Hardin is ready to take this next step because it has always thrived as a city at a crossroads. American history passed through Hardin, creating an intersection of cultures that makes for a dynamic community with unique opportunities. The city’s location on I-90 bridges rural tranquility with accessibility to larger communities, putting Hardin firmly on the map as both a gateway to various places as well as its own destination. As Hardin is such a dynamic place, a well-planned future, and a strong sense of place in the city will make for a stronger, better-connected region as a whole.
The project will work through phases, including public engagement, public involvement, and public adaptation.