For Main Street Van Wert, 2011 was a year progress even in the midst of a recovering economy. Fulfilling our role as an Ohio Main Street Program, Main Street Van Wert concentrated our efforts across four main categories. As a primarily volunteer organization, Main Street actively worked towards improving the downtown image, building cooperation between different groups, strengthening downtown economics, and promoting our downtown’s unique characteristics both locally and regionally.
2011 brought many new changes as well. New volunteers donated their time toward events and projects, new businesses found locations and customers downtown, and I joined Main Street Van Wert as Interim Program Manager in September.
As a Van Wert native, I find it impossible not to take pride in my community and our unique downtown. Growing up, I participated in summer activities at Brumback Library and visited Santa at his Workshop in front of the courthouse. I remember lunch at Balyeat’s, piano lessons at the music center, and watching summer parades. As an adult, I find it exciting to be in a role where I get to work toward improving the community where I was raised. It is a privilege to work with so many great businesses and individuals who support Main Street Van Wert and are helping us strive toward downtown revitalization!