Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) partnership marketing specialist, enters responses into her laptop (right) as participants share ideas on the “idea wall” and fill out surveys during the open house at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday.

Over 70 people strolled into Halifax Town Hall during the course of the day Wednesday to respond to the questions on the “Idea Wall” and to chat in the relaxed setting about their ideas to improve the economic vitality of the town.

Rebecca Rowe, community development program manager with the Virginia Main Street Program and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, attended the open house to take her first “windshield survey” of the town.

Rowe also introduced Diana L. Schwartz, who has become the new community development program administrator with DHCD, replacing Tory McGowan as he moved into a different capacity with DHCD’s Virginia Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program statewide.

Schwartz will be operating out of Danville and working specifically with the town of Halifax as a Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate during the next two years.

An online survey has been emailed to the town’s subscriber list and posted on the town of Halifax webpage at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B89CBZB.

The survey is open to anyone throughout the community wishing to respond to the 14 questions, and it will be available over the next two weeks.

Later in the month, a working group of up to 25 “sparkplugs” will hold a day-long session to focus on identifying the town’s current and potential assets, and the gaps that need to be filled to make the town of Halifax a destination as well as a better place to live, work, shop and play.

The session will highlight the town of Halifax’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. The session also will identify target markets/customers, develop a tourism infrastructure assessment and create a “tourism vision” for Halifax.

Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) partnership marketing specialist, will next outline an economic development and tourism strategy for the area, which will then be prioritized by the working group and put into action over the next several years with specific goals and milestones to achieve.