The Stevensville Main Street Association is a nonprofit organization focused on business and community development and historic preservation. We are part of a national movement formed to improve the quality of life in small town America and to invigorate the economic health of the Historic Main Street central business districts. Developed and administered by the nonprofit National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street Program has utilized a public-private partnership of private investment, local government support, and local non-profit assistance to revitalize historic commercial districts. Since about the year 2000, the organization has had a positive effect on the revitalization of Stevensville’s business and on the town as a whole. This locally-driven, hands-on, grass roots, self-help approach has met much success with its focus on four main points:
The Main Street framework is built on the key concept of keeping business and property owners, bankers, citizens, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other local economic development deeply involved in the maintenance and oversight of the Main Street program, membership and funding.
Excitement is generated in the business district when promotional marketing presents an enticing town image to investors, shoppers and visitors. Street festivals, parades, retail events, and identity development encourage new customer traffic. Promotional marketing involves creating an enticing image to investors, shoppers and visitors.
Enhancing the attractiveness of the business district by historic building rehabilitation, colorful banners, street clean-up, new development, landscaping and lighting, all improve the visual impact of a business district. Improving the downtown image by improving its physical setting transforms it to a quality place to work, shop, play, and invest.
By analyzing market forces to develop long-term solutions to revitalization, prime outcomes of a more vital business district are new businesses, creative use of space and sharpened competitiveness.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Bob Moore