Do you share our vision for transforming downtown Burlington City to a new hub of activity? Do you have interest or skills in planning events, fundraising, or economic development? Are you curious about what’s happening downtown and want to be a part of the action? Then please consider attending an open meeting or volunteering for a working committee.

“The best way to write a success story for our community’s future is to build a successful Main Street program today.”

-Richard Spaulding, President, Main Street Burlington

Committees are now forming around the “Four Points” of the Main Street model:

Economic Vitality

Team Leads: Brian Minker, Chris Hooper

This committee identifies financial tools and incentives to assist local businesses, encourage property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs to invest in new business development.

Projects may include:

  • Building entrepreneurial economies.
  • Strengthening business—includes strengthening existing businesses and recruiting new ones.
  • Infrastructure reuse—finding new economic uses for traditional Main Street buildings.
  • Development—financial incentives and capital for business development and retail operations
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  • Ascertaining progress—monitoring the economic performance of the district.

Design

Team Lead: Tom Swan

This committee develops plans to enhance the unique characteristics of downtown and ensure that residents and visitors feel safe, welcomed, and delighted.

Projects may include:

  • Collaborating on plans for renovating buildings and constructing compatible new buildings
  • Improving signs and storefront merchandise displays
  • Creating attractive and usable public spaces
  • Ensuring that planning and zoning regulations support Main Street revitalization

Promotion

Team Leads: Roosevelt Smith, Rashauna Johnson

This committee develops and promotes events that draw people downtown and support local downtown businesses. We’d love for you to join us!

Projects may include:

  • Marketing the district’s assets to residents, visitors, investors and others through special events
  • Organizing retail promotions
  • Enhancing the perceived value of the district by initiating activities that create opportunities for commerce and community

Organization

Team Leads: Donnamarie Mazzola, Sharon Solomon

This committee works to create a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, by cultivating community partnerships and volunteerism, fundraising, communications and public relations.

Projects may include:

  • Raising money—for projects and administration, from donations, sponsorships, and grants
  • Overseeing volunteer activities—by recruiting and supervising people and rewarding good work
  • Promoting the program—to downtown interests and the public through public relations, branding, and digital marketing
  • Managing finances—by developing good accounting procedures.

Note: we have an opportunity for a volunteer Farmer’s Market manager to begin planning for spring 2021. Contact us if you’re interested!

Join us on our journey to revitalize our downtown by volunteering with Main Street Burlington!

Meetings are currently held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm and are currently being conducted via GoToMeeting in the interest of public safety.

When in-person meetings resume, they will be held at The Dime – Art and Maker Studios, 351 High Street, 2nd floor. Main Street Burlington invites all to attend and get involved.  Contact us to learn more.