December 31st, 2014 | 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 second annual Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The event encourages tourism, instilles local pride and provides creative enrichment activities for all ages. And, the America in Bloom committee organized the biannual Garden Walk, a destination attraction featuring six distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers; 315 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 and 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; the opening ceremony was summer 2014. For the holiday season, MMS encourages Main Street corridor businesses to “Light Up The Town” by outlining their windows in white lights. MMS adds to the festivities and downtown decorations with storefront holiday artwork by Manchester Community Schools’ students. And, to celebrate all these 2014 achievements, MMS hosts an annual Holiday Gala. This exclusive event highlights 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 2015, MMS welcomes new committee members and the public is invited to attend meetings to voice town improvement suggestions. There are six active committees: America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club and Promotion & Art.
“If you like what Manchester Main Street is doing, we also urge you to visit our website and download a 2015 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 email@example.com.