Success in downtown Howell is the direct result of years of planning and dedication ...

Success in downtown Howell is the direct result of years of planning and dedication ...

What really makes a great downtown? Is it the inviting restaurants and shopping? Is it a vibrant arts and cultural scene? Or is it the steady hum of economic development activity?

This past spring, Howell was named the winner of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award, a national competition that recognizes exceptional Main Street communities each year.

By winning the award, the quaint, rural community of Howell now serves as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization, and has become an example for other cities and towns across the state.

Michigan Main Street reached out to some of the residents and leaders of Howell to hear why they think Howell is a great Main Street community and what led to their success.

As you view the video above, you’ll get the chance to hear more about Howell’s journey and the winning combination that put this community on the map as one of America’s best downtowns.

MEDC facilitates the Michigan Main Street program, which assists communities interested in revitalizing and preserving their historic and commercial districts. For further information, visit: www.miplace.org/communities/mms 

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Warm and Inviting Howell, MI from W2W Vol 9 Issue 5

There’s nothing that beats the winter blues like discovering fun, new adventures. You don’t need to travel far for your escape! Michigan is home to some great weekend getaway places, including Howell – the 2018 Great American Main Street winner. Located along I-96 just west of US-23, its downtown is brimming with charming shops, independent dining, and fun things to do, so grab your calendar and start planning a little holiday of your own!

Howell has so much to offer, even in the heart of winter, that you’ll want to visit more than once just to take it all in, like a stop at The Howell Opera House, the hometown movie theater, yoga studio, or even a refreshing walk through the lovely neighborhoods with large historic homes and a small community lake and park. Once you’ve visited, you’ll become a regular year round. In fact, the city hosts several events all year long including Balloon Fest, Melon Fest, Legend of Sleepy Howell, Witches Night Out, and Fantasy of Lights. So schedule a little TLC for yourself and head on over to the seat of Livingston County for some crafting, relaxation, food, and fun .

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June Rock the Block Offers Attendees New Format, Same Great Music & Fun in Downtown Howell

June Rock the Block Offers Attendees New Format, Same Great Music & Fun in Downtown Howell

Music and food series has two new sites offering music, food and brews, all in one spot!

Howell MI – Rock the Block, the annual music festival that has become a staple of the summer scene in Howell, kicks off on June 6, 2018, from 6 – 9 pm. At the June event, attendees will experience a new format from Howell Main Street Inc., designed to better accommodate the increasing number of people that were drawn to downtown for this festive summer event! Additionally, it will be upgrading the availability of local cuisine by partnering with restaurants & other local vendors, featuring meal-portioned food options instead of “bites”. Also new to the event this year, local brewers Aberrant Ales and Eternity Brewing will participate.

“Rock the Block has become one of the most anticipated events of summer in downtown Howell,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street COO. “The community has embraced the festival and it is a great example of the vibrant downtown that Howell has nurtured, and one of the events that helped our community be recognized with the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. We’ve taken the feedback given by attendees and partners the last couple of years, and made updates to make Rock the Block even more enjoyable for everyone!

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Howell, Michigan Named 2018 Great American Main Street Award Winner

Howell, Michigan Named 2018 Great American Main Street Award Winner

On March 26. 2018, the National Main Street Center Inc. (NMSC), named downtown Howell a Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winner!  Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Howell Main Street received the elite status due their achievements in transforming the downtown district into a cultural destination through community-driven economic development and placemaking efforts.

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