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|Main Street director advises Ferriday on becoming member|
On Wednesday, August 6, the Director of the Louisiana Main Street Program, Ray Scriber, advised members and guests of the Downtown Revitalization Foundation that Ferriday had a great chance of becoming the next Main Street member, but that it would take a major effort by the whole community.
Ferriday's application is due in Baton Rouge on Friday, August 29.
"With a coordinated effort by this group, as well as every other willing organization, along with a team of individual volunteers, this application can be well prepared and presented on time," said Ray Scriber, adding, "Teamwork will be the key."
As touted on their website, http://www.crt.state.la.us/hp/, Louisiana Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional commercial areas in rural Louisiana. The program should improve all aspects of downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits.
Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street's future as recruiting new businesses and rehabilitating buildings.
Why are Main Streets important?
• Main Street is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community history.
• A vital Main Street retains and creates jobs, which also means a stronger tax base.
• Main Street is a good incubator for new small businesses. (4) A vital Main Street reduces sprawl.
• A healthy Main Street protects property values.
• Main Street districts become tourist attractions.
According to Scriber, "By making a commitment to the Four Point Approach of the Main Street Program -- organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring -- Ferriday will show that this whole community is working together and has common goals."
If anyone would like to get involved with this application process, please call the Town Hall at 757-3411 or Fr. Louis Sklar at 757-3834.
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