The Connections Committee is the networking arm of Main Street Mount Vernon. If you have a new business in Downtown Mount Vernon, this committee is your first stop! Continually updating the Main Street New Business Welcome Packet, the committee establishes first contact with new businesses.
Collecting data through our Business Status Questionaire, the Connections Committee looks to provide statistics on the business community downtown, as well as using the specifics to direct recruitment of new business and spurring additional economic development. Parking issues are handled through the Parking Sub-Committee.
Downtown Tours are ran through the Connections Committee to ensure a quality representation of what we have to offer! Next up for the committee, Trainings!
The Design Committee looks to enhance the physical and visual elements of Downtown Mount Vernon. Working with local entitys to focus on the implementation of the 2021 Beautification & Care Pilot Program, the Design Committee has a vested interest in maintaining standards of beautification for the Central Business District. Partnering with Ariel-Foundation, Main Street continues to keep sidewalks plowed during the winter months creating a yearly upkeep schedule.
The committee also introduced a new Banner Campaign with more ways to participate than ever before! Shifting the focus to Design Review Guidelines, Public Art and Wayfinding opportunities for downtwon, Main Street's Design Committee is working hard to ensure our Downtown is beautiful for decades to come.
The Events Committee of Main Street is our best known committee. From the First Friday season in the Summers, Johnny Appleseed Apple Fest in the Fall, and the Gingerbread Forest taking over Downtown during Winter, our schedule is packed with fun for everyone!
Collecting vendor booths and parade float entries. Lining up musical talent and other performers. Food trucks, activities, and volunteer coordination all are part of the Events Committee's task list. If you have a knack for event planning, this is the committee for you! Sub-Committees include: Winter in Downtown, First Friday and Johnny Appleseed Apple Fest.
The Main Street Marketing Committee is tasked with keeping up on the latest trends in promotion, while continually keeping the website, social media platforms, and other various marketing tools up to date.
Designing logos and artwork to help advertise Main Street Mount Vernon events and promotions, this committee also searches for unique opportunites to promote the merchants of Downtown.
Finishing up the MOUNT VERNON STRONG Campaign in July, the Marketing Committee is constantly searching for new ways to involve the community, and bring visitors to the beautiful Central Business District.
How do we continue to operate with everything else going on? That is what the Operations Committee is for!
Recruiting new committee and board members, this committee makes recommendations for who to add to our prestigous list of partners! Giving oversight in fundraising to continually meet financial goals, as well as assisting in the formation of Yearly Goals for organization. Operations is also the committee that researches grant opportunities for downtown businesses/projects, and applies them to where they are needed most.
Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA for short, is a new initiative to Mount Vernon. Prompted by the 2020 shutdown, Main Street Mount Vernon took the lead in bringing the initiative to Downtown.
After 14 months of research, visits, committee meetings, meetings with representatives from merchants, bars, restaurants, City and County officials, drug & alcohol treatment organizations, other communities, Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments, the initiative will head to City Council Monday, August 9. If approved, the DORA will be event specific and will be one-of-a-kind in Ohio.
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