Purpose: To encourage the improvement of the Main Street District’s physical appearance.

  1. Continue mini-grant program to encourage building improvement
  2. Historic preservation education
  3. Host design-related mini-workshops (window displays, interior store layout, merchandising)
  4. Host regular (quarterly) downtown clean-ups
  5. Identify MSI Challenge Grant candidate
  6. Maintain planters, boulevard, and seasonal decorations
  7. Plan and implement small beautification projects
  8. Schedule Main Street Iowa Design Assistance visits
  9. Research ways to help businesses with expansion and building improvements. Share available grant programs with interested building owners
  10. Monitor current Challenge grant project
  11. Monitor current Catalyst grant project
  12. Bronze historical markers – Discussed using less expensive plaques more like what Carroll has
  13. Downtown building greeting card program, postcard and/or coloring book
  14. Implement a window display program partnership with CR-B art students
  15. Improve downtown signage (remove former business signs, enhance current signs, add business hour signage)
  16. Remove old Christmas Lights from building tops
  17. Clean out the storage shed behind Katie’s office in preparation for façade construction before the end of October.
  18. Cigarette containers to match garbage bins currently on Main Street – place in front of bars and Legion
  19. Window Murals for businesses with boarded or bricked up windows  
  20. Develop ideas for banners and posters for the construction zone for façade rehab this fall
  21. Update building inventory (building information, current and historic photographs)

To volunteer or for questions about the design team, contact the design chair, Gayla McCool.

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