Everything you need to learn and share about the exciting revitalization of famed West Highway 76 Entertainment District in the heart of
Branson, Missouri.

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Many months of meetings and visioning sessions have taken place with stakeholders to finalize the plans for the Highway 76 transformation, a historic $80+ million project. Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineering (CFSE) is leading on behalf of the City of Branson, while the City of Branson provides project management oversight and serves on the Board of the newly formed 76 Entertainment Community Improvement District.

“Business and property owners along the five-mile 76 corridor have taken a vast interest and ownership in the project and its evolution, and they have come to the table to share their ideas, expertise and overall support of the project,” says City of Branson Mayor Karen Best. “The collaboration of all of these entities truly demonstrates the strength of the community as these stakeholders unite on a common mission to improve not only the infrastructure, access and safety along the corridor, but also ensure the end result is a unique, family-friendly experience for our visitors.”

Working on behalf of these parties is a dynamic group of volunteer marketing and communications professionals from the City of Branson, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB, and private businesses to communicate a “Branson Forward: Together We Shine” message in local, regional and national markets. The Branson Forward committee is tasked to present high-quality, consistent communications on behalf of this and other City of Branson initiatives to improve, refresh and advance the city by sharing information related to project plans, timelines and community updates. The recently launched website at www.BransonForward.com will host the latest news about these City projects and also provide open source communication materials for stakeholder use.

Information is also available on the City of Branson website at www.BransonMo.gov where daily updates are posted related to infrastructure improvements and alternate transportation routes available during each phase of construction. Additional information, including details about the Master Plan and the project timeline continue to be available from Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers on the Project Team website at www.BransonSpiritof76.com.

For specifics about the newly formed 76 Entertainment Community Improvement District, citizens, business and property owners can go to www.76CID.com. This new site is focused on the important process of establishing the District, full five-mile annexation, sales tax implementation and project oversight on behalf of the CID stakeholders.

Project stakeholders are working diligently to advance and publicize efforts of interest to citizens, visitors, business owners and the travel and tourism industry. In addition, the Spirit of 76 Project Team and the 76 Entertainment CID are communicating primarily with business and property owners along the corridor about the project specifics, the timeline and its Plan of Finance.  Those stakeholders are being asked to support a 1% retail sales tax to finance the project and to annex into the parent CID for the entire five-mile long District. 

Branson Forward is a collaboration of public and private entities committed to the success of Branson revitalization efforts. A volunteer committee from City Government, the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB and private business endeavor to present a high-quality, complete and consistent image on behalf of the community.

76 Entertainment Community Improvement District is a special district recently formed under RSMo 67.1401-67.1571 to geographically define the improvement zone, implement a 1% sales tax to fund the project, complete annexation of the full District boundaries and oversee project implementation on behalf of the CID stakeholders.

Located in Southwest Missouri, the City of Branson is committed to its citizens and those who visit, to ensure a safe and environmentally sound community. We work as a team to maintain and promote the growth of our City, and to provide professional, courteous service to all through fair and open communication. We look to tomorrow, remembering yesterday, dedicated to excellence today.

Cook, Flatt and Strobel is a full-spectrum civil engineering firm specialized in creating progressive transportation solutions for communities throughout the Midwest.  CFSE is leading the Spirit of 76 Project Team, a group of nationally renowned planners and designers who are implementing Branson’s Highway76 project, one of the largest public/private revitalization efforts in the nation.