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Marietta Main Street Means More Than a New Name for Downtown Organization
Posted on: 08/28/2013
By  Jamey Styer, Mike Cullums
 
As we've reported, the downtown improvement and business enhancement program formerly known as Restore Marietta is now Marietta Main Street.
 
To some, that may just sound like a name change. But the organization’s director, Jean Farmer, explains that it means more…
 
“It means that we are now Ohio’s newest ‘Main Street’ community and the Main Street program came from the Historic Trust. It’s been in existence for 30 years. Restore Marietta worked diligently to become a Main Street (program) by using a four-point approach – design, promotion, economic enhancement and operations.
 
“We have four committees that work simultaneously for the revitalization of downtown Marietta. So now that we’ve (put that in place), that opens us up to things like networking with the other Main Streets to see how they do things.
 
“It gives us grant opportunities we haven’t had before. It also gives us a legislative voice through Heritage Ohio, the administrators of the Main Street program.”
 
As Farmer and various volunteers work on the new Main Street initiative, the group is still doing a variety of things to help Marietta here and now…
 
“A lot of people have told me that’ve always thought the city did is the beautiful hanging baskets we have downtown, but that is a Main Street program. We pay a gentleman to water those every day. You may have seen the people out volunteering to trim them and so on – our design committee worked on that.
 
"And the promotions committee does the Merchants & Artists Walks, which seem to be very popular events. We also work on revitalization; we try to get businesses down here.”
 
If you would like to know more and maybe pitch in in some manner, Jean Famer says to give her a call at 740-885-8194.
 
“This is a volunteer organization, we’re always looking for more volunteers, so you are welcome to participate,” she says. 
 
Learn more at MariettaMainStreet.org
 
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