CHIPLEY -- A local governmental agency invites residents Thursday to offer ideas for future projects to improve their neighborhoods.

The Chipley Redevelopment Agency will hold the community meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at T.J. Roulhac Enrichment Center, 651 Pecan St., in the cafeteria. Residents wishing to contribute to the discussion should live within the CRA area.

The Chipley CRA District boundary was established in 1985 and includes the historic downtown area and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Boundary lines run from the intersection of South First Avenue and Peach Street and north along the eastern city limits to an intersection extending along Campbellton Avenue. The District encompasses approximately 429.73 acres, including tracts along Railroad Avenue, Wells Avenue, and Coleman Avenue. Llandmarks located within the CRA District include the Washington County Historical Museum, formerly an intercity railroad station, the Washington County Courthouse, Gilmore Park, and the Spanish Trail Playhouse.

It will be the CRA's first time holding a community discussion. The flyer encourages residents and business owners to voice their opinions on changes in the community and share positive ideas for community redevelopment.

Attendees should bring "any ideas that they may have for community projects that the CRA can look at and help the community as a whole," said CRA Executive Director Ted Everett.

Along with ideas, Everett said, there will be discussion about how the CRA operates, tax increment financing and how the CRA receives funding through tax increment financing.

"The CRA is wants to hear from the entire CRA area about what we can do to help the entire CRA area," Everett said, listing examples, such as, better community lighting and improvements to Gilmore Park. "As long as it can be done through state statutes, we'll take a look at it."

Everett plans to organize a follow-up community discussion within six months to report updates on the ideas discussed at the upcoming meeting.

For more information, contact Chris at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at 850-638-4157 or