Believe in Bristol
Believes in The Paramount
By Maggie Bishop, Executive Director
In 2010, Bristol, Virginia City Council designated Historic Downtown Bristol as an official Arts & Entertainment District. Even more, the purpose of this designation was to boost Bristol’s creative economy and cultural tourism, and collaborate to develop, encourage, and enhance ideas that cultivate creativity.
Therefore, without the hard work of Paramount Bristol, efforts behind the Arts & Entertainment District would have been groundless. Overall, Downtown Bristol makes significant contributions to our community’s economic health, and Paramount Bristol is a key component to that contribution and Believe in Bristol’s downtown revitalization efforts. Paramount Bristol’s programming schedule over the last three years has opened up opportunities to generate revenue during hours that may otherwise be unproductive within our downtown district. Paramount Bristol is a wonderful community partner to Believe in Bristol and the businesses downtown; their collaborative food and beverage promotions over the past year have given downtown restaurants ownership in the talent coming to The Paramount stage. We are lucky to have this gem in our Arts & Entertainment District of Downtown Bristol.
The mission statement developed by Believe in Bristol:
Believe in Bristol’s mission is to foster the collaborative vibrant nature of both Bristols by building a community of culture, lifestyle, heritage, music, and economy. As a result, Believe in Bristol strives to strengthen the heart and soul of our Historic Downtown. By doing so, it facilitates its future growth by implementing the Main Street Four Point Approach focusing on Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.
The vision statement developed by Believe in Bristol:
Bristol is one community whose heart is a vibrant downtown; where our unique cultural and historical heritage is celebrated; where a sustainable vigorous economy is enjoyed; and where the quality of life enhances by abundant opportunities for living, working, shopping and playing.
Furthermore, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day. Most noteworthy — more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more LIFE. As a result, this progress did not just happen, it is largely thanks to the ongoing unified efforts of businesses, groups, and individuals coordinated through Believe in Bristol.
Believe in Bristol is a non-profit organization. It is composed of citizens, business owners, and other friends who recognize the role a downtown plays. It preserves and furthers our communities identity, spirit, and economy. For that reason, Main Street Four Point Approach, Believe in Bristol is proving to make real progress by:
• Organizing broad based community support
• Promoting all that Downtown has to offer
• Preserving and restoring the area’s classic architectural design
• And finally, Increasing commercial potential through economic restructuring
Downtown Bristol is now a pedestrian friendly shopping environment, with a strong sense of community and its own unique character.https://believeinbristol.org