At its last meeting, the Howell Main Street DDA accomplished something that is rare within the hard economic times we face. Through a unanimous vote of its volunteer board, the Main Street DDA turned tough budgetary times and a year of re-structuring, into a positive fund balance for fiscal year 2015-2016.
Through major local investments of both volunteer time and local financial contributions to support the efforts of the volunteer-driven Howell Main Street DDA, our downtown development agency has successfully out-performed the national average over the last 10 years and continues to bring economic investment and job growth in to the downtown district.
“In tough economic times when other agencies are having difficulty making ends meet, the Main Street DDA board has re-imagined itself and brought new and exciting projects into Downtown Howell while remaining fiscally responsible,” said Board Treasurer, Kevin McCarthy, CPA. “That process,” he continued, “has not forced us to limit the other services we provide. In fact, last year we spent over $240,000 in capital improvements, and have another $50,000 in our budget to spend this upcoming fiscal year. Our Business Development and Design committee has also worked hard with existing and new businesses in our district, brining in over $1.5 million in private and public investments during fiscal year 2014-2015.
Board President, Eric Conn attributed the Howell Main Street DDA’s fiscal success on a lineage of excellent Treasurers.
“The truth is, without the expertise of our Treasurer, Kevin McCarthy and his predecessor Robert Ellis, as well as the hard work of our volunteers to tighten budgets, we would not be in the position we are today.” Robert Ellis recently left the Howell Main Street DDA Board and his position there as Treasurer when he was appointed to Howell’s City Council.”
Howell Main Street DDA Board members are appointed by the City of Howell City Council. For more information about the Howell Main Street and ways to get involved as a volunteer with the organization, please visit http://www.downtownhowell.org