December 25th, 2013 | No Comments
Since 1989, Manchester Main Street (MMS) has been committed to revitalizing and enhancing the rich cultural, natural and architectural resources that make North Manchester a unique and wonderful place to live. Thanks to the active participation and financial generosity of this great community, MMS accomplished quite a bit over the past year.
MMS coordinated the first-ever Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The two-day event encouraged tourism, instilled local pride and provided creative enrichment activities for all ages. To further beautify our town, MMS added colorful new “Welcome” banners and hanging flower baskets to the new historic light posts, and sidewalk planters throughout downtown. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers, and 305 have been installed in the downtown sidewalks to date. All paver sales revenue is restricted to town improvement projects. MMS is also exploring strategies to promote small business retention, recruitment and development.
MMS and North Manchester Parks & Recreation developed a 5-phased Community Trail Network construction plan and funding strategy. Phase I installation of the signage and sharrows was completed in fall 2013. For the holiday season, MMS encouraged Main Street corridor businesses to “Light Up The Town” by outlining their windows in white lights. MMS added to the festivities and downtown decorations with storefront holiday artwork by Manchester Community Schools’ students. And, to celebrate all these 2013 achievements, MMS hosted an annual Holiday Gala. This exclusive event highlighted North Manchester’s numerous attributes – historic buildings, great restaurants, diverse retail and multi-talented residents.
“Manchester Main Street represents a diverse range of age groups, businesses, and economic and community interests in North Manchester. It is by nature a community-driven process empowering local citizens to enact positive change,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director. As project planning begins for 2014, MMS welcomes new committee members and the public is invited to attend meetings to voice town improvement suggestions. There are five active committees: America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group and Promotion & Art.
“If you like what Manchester Main Street is doing, we also urge you to visit our website and download a 2014 Business or Individual Membership form,” said Robinson. MMS’ office is in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street), and Robinson encourages business owners and community members to stop in, gather more information and provide feedback. You may contact Renata Robinson directly at 260-901-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.