Thursday August 23rd approximately 40 Renew Hempstead members and community residents attended a monthly meet up at the Hempstead Public Library. The purpose of this meet up was to inform residents about the status of the feasibility studies that were completed thus far from the “Power of 10 ideas” as well as introduce them to the renowed Retail Specialist Ms. Kennedy Smith.  Ms. Smith did a wonderful presentation regarding best practices of downtowns throughout the nation.  The focus of her presentation was to show Hempstead residents the innovative ways small business can thrive with a booming downtown.