Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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February 1, 2014

A Marvelous Main Street being planned for 2014

Main Street Greensburg

As we embark on another year, Main Street Greensburg has been feverishly working on plans for 2014.

Our driving force, as always, is to preserve and support the Downtown community. This year, we plan to enhance many of our existing events by adding more activities and promotions. We even have plans for a new festival downtown!

Coming up on February 21st, we are co-hosting a seminar with the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and Southeast ISBDC called “Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer.” It is geared towards retail, restaurant and service owners and managers and will cover how to define your customer, create loyal customers, effectively merchandise, and much more. At only $20, this is a must for small business owners, but be sure to sign up before February 1st or the cost will increase to $30. More information and how to register can be found on our website.

The first events we hope to expand this year are the Summer Farmers’ Market and Second Friday: Movies on the Lawn, which both commence on May 9th. We hope to increase promotion of the market by having additional activities going on during market hours, such as fitness classes on the lawn, gardening demonstrations and raffles with items from downtown businesses and market vendors. We also want to bridge the gap between the market and movie on Second Friday’s with an event to keep people downtown. We are always taking movie suggestions for the season, if you have an idea contact us soon. Other community events going on this year are the Fisher 5 Big Wheel Race, Holiday Walk and the new Tenderloin Festival!

As with many historic downtowns, several vacant storefronts line our streets and detract from the beauty of those buildings that are filled with thriving businesses. Until we can fill them with compatible new uses, we have plans to implement a program to not only promote these building, but do so in an attractive manner that will help eliminate the feeling of emptiness along the street and hopefully showcase their potential. To help fill these spaces, we also hope to expand our Low-Interest Revolving Loan and Façade Improvement Grant programs.

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