Commission determining best use for uncommitted funds

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By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

A conservative budget was passed, in hopes it would be amended to include approximately $18,000 in additional funding. The State came through for the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) and with these uncommitted funds they can accept ideas for new events or supplemental funding for existing ones.

The good news came at their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 16. The budget was based on a bottom line of $300,925 in preparation of a possible cut. The total received was $319,165, or $18,240 over the budget, but in alignment of last year’s funding of $318,000.

“We also have the option to hold some in reserves for the future,” said treasurer David Stamey. Commission members have until the September meeting to submit ideas and proposals for the best way to utilize the monies. Funding must be used to benefit the Historic District.

The other big news at the meeting was the selection of the marketing logo and tagline. “When public comment ended, by an overwhelming margin the choice was Where History Lives,” said chairman Van Erikson. He said additionally, the committee chose to use the fleur-de-lis locally and the state of Louisiana when marketing regionally or out-of-state. “The tagline was the best choice to refer to the (status of) going back to the oldest settlement and current life in Natchitoches,” he said.

One of the first ways the logo will be used is on flags displayed down Front Street and downtown and new welcome signs.