The Michigan Main Street Program was at the heart of the January 22nd meeting of the Three Rivers Lions Club.
Christy Trammell, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and Jeff Zimont, Chairperson of the (DDA) Board of Directors, were the featured speakers. They presented background information on the development of the DDA, indicating that it had its beginnings in 1980 with significant development in 2003, 2008; the recent Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) of $750,000 for reconstruction of the ‘Mural Mall’ and other downtown improvements involving lighting and sidewalks; and 2011 when the DDA became an Associate Member of the Michigan Main Street Program. This program helps communities develop main street districts and traditional commercial neighborhoods that attract new residents and businesses, promote investment, and jump-start economic growth. The Michigan Main Street Center staff provides technical assistance and services to communities in the following areas (1) organization, (2) promotion, (3) design, and (4) economic restructuring. The speakers praised the program staff for the ongoing assistance they have provided to the DDA. Consideration is being given to moving to the next level (Select) with the Michigan Main Street Program.
The DDA operates for the most part with volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting program, please contact Christy Trammell at her Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce office – (269) 278-8193. The presentation concluded with a question and answer period.
Following the presentation, the meeting concluded with Lion District Governor Norm Stutesman presenting information regarding various ticket sales and the District Convention scheduled for March 15 and 16 in Augusta; Lion Jeff Mayuiers alerting members of the Lions’ participation at an upcoming Lady Cats Basketball game; and Lion Steve Larink discussing current plans for the restructuring of the Lions Ox Roast Project. Lion Steve asked all interested persons to attend a meeting of the Ox Roast Committee at 7:00 p.m. on February 17 at the service center.
The next Board of Directors’ meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All members are welcome to attend. The next regular club meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12. The program will be provided by a Melanie Knautz whose trip to Germany was sponsored by the Centreville Lions Club with support from the Three Rivers Lions Club. The Three Rivers Lions Club is always seeking new members. If you are interested, contact any Lions Club member.
Source: Story by Lion Doug Gross, photos by Lion Bruce Snook