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
“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
"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.