Main Street Basic Training

On April 13, Jordan Reeves and Beth LaPensee (members of the Dundee Main Street steering committee) attended the Main Street Basics training in Milan, Michigan.  Milan entered the program last year and was able to share a lot of insights into what it takes to get accepted into the program.

We were thrilled to be able to attend training so close to home!  The next training, Main Street in Practice, is in Grand Haven on May 18.

Do a Job: Downtown Photo Contest

Part of the Main Street application includes presenting a series of photos (up to 20) that capture the heart and soul of the downtown.  These photos should capture all aspects… our assets as well as opportunities for improvement.  We want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Do a Job: Design a Poster

We want an informational poster that can be hung around town.  If you have a knack for design, let us know!  We would love to have someone design a poster and flyers to help spread the word.  If you can do the design, we can provide the info.

Bringing Main Street to Dundee!

Our organization, the Downtown Development Authority of Dundee, has been working toward applying to become a Michigan Main Street community for a while.  Your trusty downtown representatives (including Beth LaPensee, Denny Polito, Lyle Jaworski, Mima Kubiske, Ray Gammo, etc.) have been busy learning about the program and how to bring it here:

  • Training with Main Street staff in nearby communities that are already in the program (Howell and Wayne).
  • Attended online training about the program, historic preservation tactics, determining the main street district, and more.
  • Traveled to Milwaukee, WI to attend the National Main Street conference

Now, it is it time for us to buckle down and get serious about sharing what we have learned and what we want to do with all of you.  It is easy to say that we want to create a close-knit community that sees the heart of Dundee as their center of activity and commerce. But what does that really mean?  Dundee is filled with people who are committed to this place and have loved it forever.  And our downtown has seen a pretty significant revitalization in recent years.  We believe that the Main Street program will bring us the support, the structure, and the discipline to ensure that we continue to strengthen our downtown.  We want our small businesses to thrive.  We want our residents to come here first before going out of town. We want our children to have a safe and fun place to go. And we visitors to flock to us to see what we have created.

This is our downtown. The Main Street program will help us to make the most of it. And to ensure that it will continue to be the cute, charming, lovely place it is now, long into the future.

We want to tell you more about the program and what we need to do to get into it.  Please join us at one or both for the following sessions coming up in September:

September 12, 2016: 6:30 at the Village Office
Members of the Heart of Dundee team will give an introduction to the Main Street program and why we think it is right for our community.  This will be followed by a review of our progress so far and pairing volunteers with volunteer opportunities.
Let us know if you are interested or planning to join on our Facebook event page.

September 21, 2016: 7:00 at the Village Office
Michigan Main Street staff will be visiting our community to learn more about us. They will be giving a community presentation focused on how the program will benefit different groups in our community, for example, residents and business owners.
Let us know if you are interested or planning to join on our Facebook event page.

In the meantime, you can read more about the program and how you can help ensure that Dundee becomes the next Michigan Main Street community here: https://heartofdundee.org/mainstreet/

What is this Main Street thing?

We have mentioned being the associate level of the Main Street program before – but you might not know what exactly that means.  Here are some facts for you…

Main Street is:

  • Focused on historic preservation and economic vitality for small downtowns like ours
  • About residents, business owners, organizations, and the village all working together
  • A proven program that will teach us all the right things to have a strong and successful downtown
  • A 5-year program that we will be applying to this fall
  • Just what we need to bring us together to create the downtown we want

Several community members have been attending various Main Street training activities over the spring and summer to get us ready to for the application process that will begin in the fall.

You will be hearing a lot more about this and what it will mean for us going through the application process and beyond.  Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get involved!