Leaders seek community input on visitors center

Visitors Center

AUSTIN, Minn. – Local leaders are seeking the community’s help on a local visitors center.

The Austin Visitors Center committee met with representatives from the city of Austin, Mower County, local non-profits and the public on Thursday.

The eight-member committee has come up with a list of things they would like to see in the proposed center. The dozens of ideas include a 24-hour lobby, an educational video and a walking path.

They want to know if the committee’s list of ideas is what the community is looking for in a proposed visitors center.

Leaders say they just want to do this right the first time.

“We just want to be more transparent. We don’t want to take a group of eight people and they have the final say on what’s going on. We need the public’s opinion, if we’re on the right track, because this is going to be a showcase of the Austin, Mower County area,” said John Gray, Chairman of the Gateway to Austin committee.

Ideally, they would like to have a better idea to move forward with, and a location picked out by the end of October. They would like to have shovels in the ground next spring.

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