As a result of our annual Board Retreat in October of this past year, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) decided to adopt the National Main Street model as a way to guide our work as the commercial corridor manager. The Main Street Approach, a 4 point strategy to revitalize commercial corridors through community input and collaboration, was developed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The meeting, held on Saturday, February 7, was facilitated by Donna Ann Harris, a nationally recognized Community district revitalization and Historic Preservation consultant. Ms. Harris guided the meeting of 25 community leaders and GUCDC Board members and volunteers through the Main Street Approach, and how it can be utilized in Germantown. GUCDC has established four committees to guide our work going forward. Those committees are: Promotions, Design, Organization, Economic Restructuring.
The Main Street ApproachTM is fundamentally a self-help program, that uses every kind of local asset—be they historic buildings, community organizations, and talented local residents who all join together to create events and projects make their downtown better. Local Main Street programs foster the creativity of community residents through committee work. Committees devise local projects to bring people back to shop and dine; ensure the district is clean, safe and attractive for shoppers; help existing business expand and recruit new, complementary business and finally create a management organization to raise funds, recruit partners, and communicate to the public about its work. Local Main Street programs are driven by volunteers, who learn about the market realities and make incremental change in the district over time.
GUCDC welcomes volunteers from the community to join these committees. Organizations that are already doing projects in the committee areas are also welcome to join,and/or include and inform GUCDC of their projects.