Howell Main Street and Lake Trust Credit Union Partner to Drive Community Development through Small Business

Howell Main Street and Lake Trust Credit Union Partner to Drive Community Development through Small Business

Howell Main Street Inc. has announced a brand new partnership with Lake Trust Credit Union, with a specific focus on supporting small businesses in their first year of operation. The downtown Howell Rental Subsidy Program partnership is designed to provide assistance for retail, dining, arts, and entertainment-based businesses that choose to locate within the downtown Howell Main Street district. Through this program, Howell Main Street will provide rental assistance for up to 12 months for businesses that choose to locate in our core downtown Main Street district.  To provide further support, the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the Rental Subsidy Program, providing the grantees with a Chamber membership for their first year of operation.

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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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Community Survey for Future of Downtown Howell

Howell Main Street Inc. has kicked off a 6 month Future of Downtown Development technical service, fully funded through Main Street America and the Michigan Main Street Center.
As part of this service, the project team and Downtown Professional Network consultants have put together a survey to help us a feel for what the community overall is open to and would like to see as our downtown district continues to grow and thrive. Please take a few moments to complete the following survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/howell-mi

PLEASE NOTE: None of these projects are in the pipeline to take place in our Howell. This is simply to help the Main Street consultants gauge what types of designs and businesses you think would be a good fit for our downtown's future. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and feel free to share with others!

After collecting survey responses later this month, Howell Main Street Inc. will hold a couple of public input sessions, and we would love to have you join us! Sessions will be held on the following dates:

Downtown Futures Community Input Forum - Tuesday, October 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Block Brewing Company
Futures Reveal and Open House Event - Thursday, November 1 from 4:00-7;00 p.m. in the Meabon Room at the Howell Carnegie District Library

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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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