Downtown Network celebrates one year of accomplishments

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hatched from a convergence of factors one year ago as well as determination and vision, the Hope Downtown Network has survived — and even accomplished much — in its first year of existence, and it saw a promising start to its second year with a sizable donation from local attorney Blake Montgomery.

“The Hope Downtown Network could not have survived this first year without the dedication, participation and help of its members. Blake stepped up from the beginning, helping us form a 501-C3 non-profit organization, donating his time and legal expertise to do the paperwork,” Erwin said.

“Blake continually challenges us in our meetings, he brings a lot to the table as far as his vision of a viable downtown. He could have gone anywhere after graduation from law school, but he chose to come home to Hope. We are extremely lucky that a young man of his intellect and talent has chosen to make his career in Hope and that he dedicates his free time to making Hope a better place for all,” he said.

If Montgomery has been a catalyst for action, Erwin has been the group’s visionary and godfather. The development of the Hope Downtown Network came on the heels of Erwin’s downtown initiative Trade Days, which debuted four months before the first network meeting in February 2017.

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