City of Plainview to install speaker system downtown with grant from T-Mobile

ByShannon J. Cortes

Sep 22, 2022

PLAINVIEW — The City of Plainview unveiled plans Thursday to install an outdoor speaker system along its new downtown corridor, thanks to a major grant from a major cellphone carrier.

The mayor of Plainview, city council members, chamber of commerce officials and business owners all gathered outside the Hale County Courthouse along Broadway Thursday morning as representatives from T- Mobile presented a $50,000 check to the city for the project as part of its hometown grant program. .

“It should be noted, of course, that our downtown has been redeveloped and redesigned in a very beautiful and accessible form,” Mayor Charles Starnes said at the event, referring to a proposed downtown cityscape. -town recently completed and financed by bonds. “Thanks to the hard work of Melinda Brown, who is our Downtown and Main Street Association Coordinator, today we will be accepting a very special gift from T-Mobile Corporation that will further enhance the viability of our center. -city as a place for people to come visit, relax on the benches, enjoy Plainview’s great weather and shop in our beautiful boutiques.”

Visitors cross the street in downtown Plainview on April 8.

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The streetscape project was completed and unveiled in April and was recently nominated for two Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards for Best Public Improvement Under $50,000 and Best Traditional Promotion/Event Under $50. $000 for its inauguration celebration.

In the new system, wireless speakers will be positioned on lampposts along Broadway from Fifth Street to Eighth Street, allowing the city to broadcast music, announcements, weather alerts and even live content. at downtown events like parades and concerts. The system is scalable, city officials said, so it can be expanded to other blocks and streets as downtown is revitalized.

“It will improve the (downtown) vibe,” Starnes said. “Just imagine – our Christmas parade is coming in about three months. All the guests watching the parade will be lined up in the street and we will be playing Christmas music, sleigh bell songs, snow songs, songs on people with gifts and so on. forward.”

Plainview was one of about 500 applicants for this round of T-Mobile grants, the first recipient in Northwest Texas and one of a handful of recipients across the state, according to city officials. T-Mobile officials said the grant program exists to strengthen rural American communities.

“Our mission is to bring more broadband coverage and equity to rural America and these underserved communities to be on par with big cities,” said Matt Cantu, Regional Director of Small Markets at T- Mobile. “But we want to do more than just bring towers and devices and open stores in your communities. We want to be part of your community. So the hometown grant was a way for us to help develop the city and to be truly rooted in the communities we serve.”

According to Plainview town officials, the project is expected to be completed in about six months.