- Learn about the district's current economic conditions and identify opportunities for market growth.
- Strengthen existing businesses and recruit new ones.
- Find new economic uses for traditional Main Street buildings.
- Develop financial incentives and capital for building rehabilitations and business development.
- Monitor the economic performance of the district.
The Economic Vitality Committee pursues these goals by:
- Holding meetings to analyze data, develop strategies, measure progress, and brainstorm ideas.
- Visiting business people, to get their ideas, find out how their businesses are doing, and update them on current plans.
- Speaking with the media, to answer questions, give them fresh news, and/or gather data.
- Coordinating groups, to help conduct surveys or meet with potential business prospects;.
- Meeting with financiers, to develop incentive programs and identify sources of capital for building rehabs and business expansions.
- Working with realtors, developers, and property owners, to plan real estate improvement projects.
- Awarded quarterly Business Spotlight to recognize downtown businesses.
- Designed and distributed Main Street brochure to promote the downtown area and businesses.
- Continued to offer low interest loan programs in conjunction with both FB&T and Exchange banks.
- Continued to assist business owners in the Main Street District.
- Continued downtown building history and inventory for virtual walk and website.
- Main Street ER Committee Stats since 1995:
- 93 façade rehabilitations totaling $380,679
- 85 other building projects / rehab totaling $4,501,133
- 100 buildings sold $4,040,000
- 127 business openings
- 63 public improvements totaling $5,739,982
- 28,087 volunteer hours worked