Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville held a "State of the City" address Thursday to give residents the chance to learn about what is happening and what will happen in their city.
Last week, Roger Brooks, a tourism expert, came to Deadwood to evaluate the city and discuss the things that were being done well, and how things could be improved.
Mayor Turbiville says he held Thursday's presentation to keep the momentum going from Brooks' visit. He touched on facts and figures from 2013, but mostly Turbiville centered his attention on upcoming projects, like the reconstruction of Highway 85. That project will start this fall and is expected to be completed in 2016.
Additionally, the idea of a new information center was introduced with the goal of better directing visitors to attractions.
The mayor says he brought up projects like these because he wants Deadwood residents to be extremely informed about what is happening where they live. "People just aren't involved I want them to get involved," said Turbiville. "I want them to question what's going on at the city. I want them to know every day what we're doing."
Lee Harstad, Deadwood marketing director, is also looking toward future developments to make Deadwood a more attractive place for visitors.
Tourism Expert Roger Brooks recommended making Deadwood's history more immersive, advice Harstad is going to take. "We have great buildings, we have excellent history here, some of the most livid and vivid history in the country, but how do we immerse people in that?" asked Harstad. "I think that's one of the things we're going to tackle here and really make it that Old West history experience."
Other projects scheduled include more way-finding signage, rodeo ground improvements, realigning the Mickelson Trail, and maintenance to City Hall, Adams Museum and Adams House, and the library.