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2023 Year in Review

Reflecting on a Year of Achievements: Vision Carthage 2023 Highlights

As we bid farewell to the remarkable year that was 2023, we take pride in sharing the myriad accomplishments, exciting projects, and engaging events that defined our journey. The collective efforts of our dedicated team and the unwavering support of the community have truly made this a year to remember.

2023 Accomplishments: A Testament to Community Spirit

  1. Volunteer Power: We rallied together to support an impressive 1000 volunteer hours, showcasing the strength of our Carthage community.

  2. Financial Triumphs: Through tenacious efforts, we secured over $150,000 in grant funding, ensuring the financial backing needed to bring our vision to life.

  3. Artistic Triumphs: Noteworthy achievements included successfully securing funding for the Maple Leaf Roundabout Sculpture and the Griggs Park Mural.

  4. Digital Outreach: Embracing the digital age, we expanded our Facebook reach by an astonishing tenfold and increased our Newsletter Recipients by an impressive fivefold.

  5. Online Presence: In the virtual realm, our Website Sessions saw a remarkable tenfold increase, underlining our commitment to staying connected with our audience.

  6. Empowering Initiatives: We took a step towards fostering positive change by initiating a Non-Profit Grant Assistance Program, amplifying our impact in the community.

2023 Projects & Initiatives

  1. Garden in Bloom: We celebrated our community's green thumb by awarding 25 Garden in Bloom Awards, adding vibrancy to our surroundings.

  2. Sidewalk Transformation: Playing a pivotal role, we aided in acquiring grant funding for the Sidewalk Project, enhancing the accessibility and charm of our streets.

  3. Educational Endeavors: Participation in the Missouri Main Street Conference facilitated knowledge exchange and enriched our approach towards community development.

  4. Downtown Guide: The completion of the 2023 Downtown Guide serves as a valuable resource, guiding both residents and visitors through the heart of our city.

  5. Hometown Holidays: Adding a touch of magic, the Light Tunnel on the Square, Window Paintings, and Downtown Building Lights became iconic holiday features, captivating all who passed through. A festive spirit enveloped the square with the NEW Mayor's Christmas Tree and the updating of Christmas Hanging Baskets, spreading joy throughout the holiday season.

2023 Events: Community Connection

In our endeavor to bring the community together, we hosted or participated in 12 memorable events throughout the year. From the lively Spring Planting Days to the enchanting Mayor's Tree Lighting, each event played a vital role in fostering a sense of unity and shared joy.

As we step into the future, we carry the momentum of 2023's achievements, projects, and events, fueling our commitment to the continuous growth and prosperity of the Carthage community. Together, we look forward to another year of collaboration, creativity, and community spirit.

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