The Main Street Beat - August 2017
Though Main Street towns across the country differ in size, shape, culture, and history, one thing is true for all of us— successful Main Street programs depend on the hard work and enthusiasm of their volunteers. Volunteering with Linden Main Street is a great way to meet new people and be a part of the exciting things happening in our downtown. One of the unique things about our organization is that there are different levels of volunteerism that you can participate in, based on your interests and availability. We have a nine-member advisory board that is appointed once a year and oversees the overall direction and strategy of our organization. We also have four committees that work under the direction of the board to brainstorm and tackle projects throughout the year. Our Design Committee oversees the physical aspects of the downtown like landscaping, building facades, and signage. They are in charge of the Façade Improvement Grant program and will work on projects like downtown landscaping and wayfinding signs. The Communications Committee is in charge of marketing and media. They developed our new logo, manage our website and social media, and will handle advertising for the district. Because one of our goals is to become an arts and entertainment district, we have a committee dedicated specifically to that strategy. They will come up with initiatives to promote the arts and encourage local artists and musicians to share their talents in the downtown. They will also put on events throughout the year to support both local artists and downtown businesses. And finally, as Main Street is ultimately an economic development program first and foremost, our Economic Vitality Committee will develop programs to help strengthen and support existing downtown businesses and work to fill in vacant buildings with new businesses. They will explore financial assistance programs and work with partner organizations to provide resources to local entrepreneurs. While board members serve for two-year terms beginning in January, committee members have no term commitment. If you are interested in helping out with one specific event for just a few months or want to serve for a longer term, your help is appreciated and welcome however you can give it! If you are interested in joining one of the committees or just want to attend a meeting to see what we’re about, contact Allie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-756-7502.
We’ve got a new business in our Main Street district! We are so excited to welcome Tammy with Shade Tree Gifts at 112 N. Main! Located in the old blue jean department of the Allen Brothers store, Shade Tree Gifts offers shabby chic home décor and cut flower arrangements! This stylish shop is the latest addition to the busy 100 block of N. Main, joining the County Seat Café, recently relocated Cass County’s Front Porch, and long-standing downtown business Conn Auto! Welcome to Main Street, Tammy!
Linden Main Street has put together our Plan of Work for 2017-2018!Each of our four committees met and strategized about what projects to undertake over the next year to move our organization’s mission forward and the plan was formally adopted at our July board meeting. Some highlights include:
- Design—Develop a wayfinding signage system - Economic Vitality—Create a business retention and recruitment plan - Arts & Entertainment—Create events to showcase local artists/musicians and support downtown businesses
Our Plan of Work is up on our new website, lindenmainstreet.org. Check it out to get an idea of what we’ll be working on downtown over the next year, and as always, we encourage you to join in the fun!
Do you know your Main Street board members? Jo Anna Duncan—Board Chair
Larry Love—Vice Chair Pat Rountree—Treasurer
Catherine Knapp—Secretary Anna Dewell-Eddings
Mary Dowd Angie Mitchell
Carla Surratt Erin Wells
Aug 17 Linden Main Street Advisory Board Meeting
Aug 19 Hickory Hill Bluegrass @ Music City Texas Theater
Aug 19 Linden United’s Annual Water Wars @ Linden City Park