the Main Street Four Point Approach
Uptown Jackson approaches revitalization based on a comprehensive nature. By carefully integrating four points into a practical uptown management strategy, the local Main Street® program produces fundamental change in a community's economic base, while preserving its historic commercial buildings and the community's unique heritage. The goal is to create a sustainable organization that functions as the revitalization leader in the community.
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The Board has the responsibility of the success or failure of the revitalization program. They make decisions about the program's direction and monitors its progress. It sets priorities and makes decisions about the program's stance on various public issues. It has the primary responsibility working with sponsors and raising money for the organization while supporting the work of the committees by volunteering time and expertise. The Board is also responsible for fulfilling the legal and financial requirements in the conduct of its business affairs as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
The organization committee
The Organization Committee builds a governing framework that includes a diverse representation of business and property owners, bankers, citizens, historians, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other preservation organizations. Everyone must work together in a long-term effort to renew uptown and maintain its stability into the future. The organization committee also develops leaders for the community's revitalization effort. The committee establishes priorities through comprehensive work plans, providing the organization with sustainable sources of revenue and volunteer development.
The economic vitality committee
The Economic Committee analyzes current market forces to develop long-term solutions; recruiting new businesses and strengthening the existing competitiveness of the traditional merchants and service businesses, while diversifying the economic base; creatively converting unused space for new uses, and working closely with the Design Committee to seek appropriate solutions for historic commercial buildings that will ensure their continued occupancy, maintenance, and preservation.
The design committee
The Design Committee enhances the visual attractiveness of uptown. This includes technical assistance and encouragement to building owners toward the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, street and alley cleanup, colorful banners and landscaping. Attention must be paid to safe and efficient infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and the appearance of storefronts, signs, street lights, window displays and graphic materials. Design improvements should be developed through a public-private partnership by reinvestment of public and private dollars in uptown.
The promotion committee
The Promotion Committee projects a positive, unified image to identify uptown as a gathering place. Revitalization programs market the district and the community through a series of targeted activities such as special events and festivals, which highlight the local culture, art, music, dance and traditions that gives our community its unique identity.