According to several city leaders, the community of Hastings has to put at least some stock in appearances.
"If we're not promoting Hastings as a place to live and work, no one else is," said Scott Krieger, a member of the Board of Public Works, at the board's meeting Thursday. "To stay competitive in the Tri-Cities and the state, we need to market ourselves. If we're not moving forward, we're moving backward."
The decision by the BPW earlier this month to designate $25,000 toward a community branding project has received moderate public criticism, and the board revisited and defended the project at its regular meeting Thursday.