Maysville Main Street has again been designated as an accredited Main Street America program, officials revealed recently.
In order to receive the designation, the program was required to meet rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, according to Main Street Director Caroline Reece.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and the Kentucky Main Street program announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization, Reece said.
The Main Street approach is to focus on organization, design, economic vitality and promotion, Reece said.
Kentucky Main Street Director Kitty Dougoud said, “The community of Maysville has embraced the Main Street four-point approach and the benefits that come from community engagement and historic preservation towards the economic vitality of their downtown. ”
In 2017, Maysville Main Street reinvestment statistics show that 35 new jobs and nine new businesses were created downtown, and $1,186,00 was invested in public and private projects and improvements, Reece said.
”The downtown is the heart of our city. The better we make it, the stronger our community will be,” she said.
The Main Street program, and the Renaissance one before it, is responsible for many improvements in the downtown area including a grant program to facilitate building facade improvements, changing the traffic pattern on Third and Market Streets, providing WiFi, restricting boarded windows, obtaining the hanging flower baskets, and creating a Facebook page, Reece said. Some current goals are to set up on-screen events calendars around the district, make some alleyways more attractive as walking paths to the McDonald Parkway parking lot, working with local artists to get a mural at the Wall and Third Street basketball court, gathering data to develop a comprehensive list of all businesses, historic sites, and residences within the district, and work to promote the B-Line.
“The specific goals of various Main Street boards may change over the years,” Reece added, “but the priority is always the same: Work to make our historic downtown a beautiful, vibrant, engaging place to live, work, and play.”
Maysville was one of the first Main Street programs in Kentucky and remains a strong presence.
“The Maysville Main Street program has long been a leader in the state,” said Dougoud, “ Mayor Cartmell could not be more supportive of the program at both the state and local levels, and Caroline’s enthusiasm for the community is an example for all.”
City Manager Matt Wallingford agreed.
” Caroline’s work ethic and enthusiasm for Maysville, along with a talented and supporting board, have taken our downtown to new and exciting ventures,” he said.
The Main Street board is appointed by the mayor and approved by the city commission. Members represent specific entities or groups with a vested interest in downtown. Current board members are Robert Roe, Darrell Fields, and Andrew Wood (downtown business owners); Patti North and Kristen Carlson (downtown residents); Dawn Browning (Cultural Arts District); Brittany Corde (MCTC); Christy Clarke (Rescue the Russell); Lynn David (Tourism Board); Michael Parker (Chamber of Commerce); Travis Scaggs (Arts Commission); Shelby Turkelson (Maysville Players); and Lori Brookbank (at-large member).
“Our board members are always passionate and always thinking about Maysville, “ Reece said. “They will see something while out of town, come back and say, ‘Hey, I think this could work in here’ and are willing to give of their time to help make the improvements.”
The Main Street District is a designated section of downtown that goes from Bridge Street to Wall Street, and the floodwall to Third Street.