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Main Street Committees

Manistee Main Street/DDA Follows the National Main Street Center's Four Point Approach and has organized the following four committees: Marketing and Promotion, Organization, Design and Economic Restructuring.

Marketing and Promotions Committee
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the Month - 8:00am (Location TBD: Contact the DDA for location)

Committee Information:

Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in your commercial district. Advertising, retail promotions, special events, and marketing campaigns help sell the image and promise of Main Street to the community and surrounding region. Promotions communicate your commercial district’s unique characteristics, business establishments, and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners, and visitors.

Committee Chair - Jackie Gielczyk


Cooperative Advertising Campaign
Hops and Props
Women's Wine and Chocolate Walk
Boos, Brews and Brats
Sleighbell Weekend
Men's and Ladies Nights
Frostbite Saturday & Chili Cook-Off
Downtown Brochures

Organization Committee
Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the Month - 12:00pm (Location: Bluefish Kitchen + Bar)

Committee Information:

Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. By getting everyone working toward the same goal, your Main Street program can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for your downtown or neighborhood business district. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of the community, your program can incorporate a wide range of perspectives into its efforts. A governing board of directors and standing committees make up the fundamental organizational structure of volunteer-driven revitalization programs. Volunteers are coordinated and supported by a paid program director. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders.

Committee Chair - Valarie Bergstrom


Volunteer Appreciation Event
Quarterly Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter
Volunteer Database and Recruitment
Public Relations
VisitManistee.com website
Grant Research

Design Committee
Meetings: 4th Tuesday of the Month - 8:30am - Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce /Contact DDA for details

Committee Information: 

Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape and creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. It takes advantage of the visual opportunities inherent in a commercial district by directing attention to all of its physical elements: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping, merchandising, window displays, and promotional materials. An appealing atmosphere, created through attention to all of these visual elements, conveys a positive message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the district’s physical appearance through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, educating business and property owners about design quality, and long-term planning.

Committee Chair - Jeff Reau


Facade Grant Program
River Street Two Way Traffic
Hanging Flower Baskets
Riverwalk, Street Trees & Gateway

Economic Restructuring Committee
Meetings: 4th Monday of the Month - 2:00pm - Alliance for Economic Success Building

Committee Information:

Economic restructuring strengthens your community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today’s consumers.

Committee Chair - T. Eftaxiadis


Revolving Loan Program
25k Local Lending Program
Developer Day
Redevelopment District
Redevelopment Ready Communities
Business Development
Retention/Business Education