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Marietta Main Street Invites Community to Downtown Revitalization Session
Posted on: 01/29/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
Designed to assist those interested in the revitalization of downtown Marietta, a special training session will be presented Marietta Main Street and Heritage Ohio next Friday, February 7, at Austyn’s Restaurant, 130 Front Street.  
 
Main Street director Jean G. Farmer emphasizes that this workshop is not just for those already involved in the program…
 
“The whole public is invited – anyone who is interested in downtown revitalization should come down and check this out. We’ll be talking about the basic four-point approach, which is what Main Street America has been using for 30 years. It’s been proven as a successful way to revitalize a downtown.”
 
Farmer explains who’s putting on this training session for downtown revitalization…  
 
"Heritage Ohio puts this on for us, and that’s one of the benefits we have from becoming a Main Street community. It’s some special technical training and good information that will help us move our program along even farther.”  

Topics will include operations, design, marketing and business enhancement. The training runs from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM in Austyn’s upstairs.  
 
People are asked to RSVP by this Monday, February 3. For information or to sign up, call (740) 885-8194 or visit mariettamainstreet.org  
 
Formerly ReSTORE Marietta, the organization became Marietta Main Street last July. Among other things, they re the folks responsible for most of the beautification of downtown, such as the hanging flower baskets, flags, and Christmas decorations on street poles, as well as organized downtown clean-ups and maintenance of flower beds.  
 
They also work to bring people downtown through events like the popular Merchants & Artist Walks. They’re continually working to bring more businesses downtown, and were instrumental in getting the Revitalization District passed by City Council late last year.  
 
They could use more volunteers, and this session on February 8 would be a good time to get involved.  
 
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