Dr. Cost and Dr. Stewart address PVV staff on March 6.
Dr. John Stewart, President of the University of Montevallo, and Mayor Hollie Cost visited the staff of the Prentice Village Voice on March 6 to speak to the students about ongoing projects that are making big impact in our community!
Dr. Stewart emphasized the importance of education. He asked how many of the students wanted to go to college someday, and almost all raised their hands. Through collaborative initiatives like Future Falcons, MMS students have opportunities to sit in on real college classes at UM.
Stewart also discussed plans to make UM’s entertainment opportunities—games, plays, concerts—more attractive to community members, who are always welcome on campus.
Both Stewart and Cost emphasized the partnership between the county, city, and university that has come together to rejuvenate downtown by improving infrastructure, and recruiting new restaurants and businesses. Over 1,000 college students will explore downtown when they begin attending classes at Montevallo on Main, one of the fruits of the partnership. The resulting economic development will benefit all community members as new businesses decide to locate in Montevallo.
“This is the best time to live in Montevallo and be heard!” said Mayor Cost, who proactively seeks input and feedback from the citizens she represents.
A tireless proponent of civic engagement, mayor Cost asked the students to start a dialogue with their friends about what they think would make Montevallo a better place to live, reminding them: “If you want things, you have to work on it.”