By Sarah Robinson Guest Columnist
Greensburg Daily News
---- — 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.
Like many other not-for-profits, we rely on community support. Main Street Greensburg has many volunteer opportunities for those who wish to donate their precious time to our efforts. We also have a donation program for businesses, families and individuals if you wish to show your financial support. If you are a business looking for advertising opportunities, we have an event sponsorship program. Advertising at one of our community events is a great way to get your business noticed.
As far as the beautification of downtown, we aim to be able to put a couple new benches along Franklin and Main streets this year. The commemorative benches can be purchased from us for $1,500. We hope to also replace the trash receptacles along Washington, Franklin and Main streets with ones like those seen along Broadway. We are currently in the process of hiring a landscaper to maintain the planting beds along Broadway and by the veteran’s memorial.
We are always interested in partnering with other organizations in the community. Even if you do not yet have an idea, let us know and we would love to meet with you. There is always something – two organizations are better than one.
For current Main Street updates, follow us on Facebook (Main Street Greensburg), Twitter (@MainStGburg) and our website www.mainstreetgreensburg.com. Always feel free to contact us at email@example.com and by phone at (812) 222-0037 if you can have any questions.
We greatly appreciate your support!
Main Street Greensburg