Keys to Developing a Successful Program
- Understanding the Main Street approach
- Full-time Main Street Manager in communities with population greater than 5,000. Part time main street manager in communities with less than 5,000
- Close cooperation between public and private sectors
- Secure program funding
- Active Main Street Board
- Willingness to develop and implement a comprehensive revitalization program
- Clear and realistic goals and objectives
- Understanding that positive change takes time and local effort
Revitalizing Florida's Downtowns
Throughout Florida there is a growing interest in improving the appearance and economic stability of historic downtown business districts. In many communities, the main street is in a serious state of decline. Effective solutions to the problems of deteriorating building stock, loss of business, and the waning economic strength of downtown are crucial to the survival of the city itself.
There are many reasons for a community to actively encourage the revitalization of the downtown. An economically healthy downtown:
- Builds a positive image for the community.
- Reflects a community's confidence in itself and its future.
- Creates job opportunities.
- Attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
- Saves tax dollars.
- Stabilizes and improves the area's tax base, and protects the investment already made in downtown infrastructure.
- Helps to control sprawl.
- Preserves the community's historic resources.
- Enables property owners to maintain historic commercial buildings and preserve an important part of the community's heritage.