Howell Main Street Program Awarded Fund Development Services from National and State Main Street Center

Howell, MI - The Michigan Main Street Center (MMSC) at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently announced that the Howell Main Street program will receive technical assistance led by national consultants to design a customized fund development strategy.

Through a partnership with the National Main Street Center, MMSC staff will work with national experts to deliver fundraising planning services to local Main Street leaders. This training will help enhance downtown development efforts like business growth and beautification projects.

"This type of technical support gives main street communities the tools they need to create engaging, vibrant places for residents and visitors to enjoy," Kevin Elsenheimer, MSHDA Executive Director said.

Howell Main Street was awarded this technical assistance after a competitive application process late last year. Scheduled to be completed before 2016, the service will focus on audience, capacity, and current and potential resources to strengthen the awareness of downtown Howell and the Howell Main Street program.

"This is one of the many great benefits of being a Michigan Main Street community," said Cathleen Edgerly, Director of the Howell Main Street DDA. "This fundraising planning process is going to be instrumental in helping us plan and take the key steps we need to achieve the long range goals outlined in the Strategic Planning Process that we recently completed with the help of the Michigan Main Street Center in 2014."

During a two-day workshop, consultants will assess the local environment and gather information from the Main Street board of directors and organization committee. The workshop will provide opportunities to learn about fundraising tools and strategies as well as working time for local Main Street leaders to develop a fundraising plan to move forward. The service is part of a variety of services Howell has received since becoming a Select Main Street community in 2004. Other services provided by Michigan Main Street include a strategic planning service in 2014 and retail merchandising service in 2010.

For more information on Howell Main Street's fundraising planning service or Howell Main Street and how to get involved with future projects, please contact the Main Street office at 517-545-4240 or visit www.downtownhowell.org.

The Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA provides support and improves Michigan's downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach庐 in urban and rural communities across the state. The program builds partnerships and collaboration amongst stakeholders and encourages historic preservation. It promotes environmentally-sustainable redevelopment and integrates communities' cultural assets while fostering entrepreneurial development and downtown living.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.