A Community Bonds Together
By 2010, the City of Hickory was in a devastating decline, having lost more than 45,000 jobs and nearly 25 percent of its young adults. City leaders took bold action: They cast a vision that included a new Riverwalk with waterfront economic opportunities (rendering shown above), a revitalized downtown, and road and sidewalk improvements vital to a greener, healthier Hickory. Based on that vision, voters approved $40 million in bond referendums. Now, Freese and Nichols is helping the City get the most out of that $40 million. Working with the City Council, staff and 42-member Bond Commission, our team helped select projects and develop a bond program to implement. Once the program was finalized, we began helping select consultants for projects and will oversee design and construction management for City staff, as requested.