To improve the quality of life in Fremont by strengthening the Historic Downtown as the center of the Community.
Mainstreet Fremont capitalized on the idea that the downtown is the center of community life, and more than just a place of commerce. We believe that a revitalized downtown benefits the community because an active downtown is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community history. The purpose of Mainstreet Fremont is to encourage, promote, and support downtown Fremont’s economic vitality, as well as the image and appearance of downtown.
In Fremont, Mainstreet just doesn’t include the “Main Street,” it encompasses the entire downtown district. Mainstreet Fremont is a resource to the entire community. We emphasize the infrastructure and the business located between 1st and 8th Street, and C to H Streets. The historic district is designated as Main and 6th Streets.
Mainstreet Fremont is founded on eight effective principles for success that are carried out through the Four Point Approach. Through the work of volunteer committees, the four point approach encourages economic development of business improvement, design, organization, and promotion. When working simultaneously and comprehensively, they help keep downtown thriving by addressing present as well as future strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges.
Eight Effective Principles
No single focus can do the job. Downtown revitalization is a complex process requiring a simultaneous, all-encompassing strategic approach.
Small projects and simple activities lead to a more sophisticated understanding of the revitalization process and help members of the community develop skills to tackle more complex problems and projects.
Local leaders must educate residents and business owners alike of the rewards for their involvement, investment and commitment of time and money in Mainstreet Fremont, as the heart of the community.
Both public and private sectors have a vital interest in downtown. Each sector has a role and must understand that others are contributing time, money, and enterprise.
Main Street must capitalize on the unique qualities it already has – distinct buildings, neighborly shop owners, and a human scale that cannot be copied.
A high standard of quality must be set for every aspect of the commercial district, from window displays to marketing initiatives, from public improvements to storefront renovation.
PROACTIVE, POSITIVE CHANGE
Proactive attitudes and positive changes are slow but definite, and essential. To improve current economic conditions, revitalization program leaders must work to change public attitudes about the commercial district. Mainstreet Fremont requires a new way of thinking about downtown’s purpose and future.
Make a difference TODAY. Main Street’s focus is to simultaneously plan for the future while creating a visible change and activity now. Mainstreet Fremont works because we follow through.
Four Point Approach
Strengthening the existing economic base of downtown, while diversifying it. Economic restructuring activities include helping existing downtown businesses expand, recruiting new businesses to provide a balanced mix, converting unused space into productive, and sharpening the competitiveness of downtown businesses.
Contributes to improving the downtown’s image by challenging its physical appearance. Not just that of the buildings, but also of street lights, window displays, parking areas, sidewalks., promotional materials, and all other elements that convey a visual message and create a sense of place about what the downtown is, an inviting center of the community, and what it has to offer.
Marketing the downtown’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, tourists, and others. Effective promotion creates a positive image of the special events and ongoing programs to build strong perceptions of the district.
Concentrating on getting everyone in the community working toward the same goal: a vital, active, and inviting downtown. Organization means building consensus and cooperation between the groups that play a role in the downtown area. Many individuals and organizations have an important stake in the economic and cultural viability of the district. The four-point approach builds a framework for sensible, volunteer-driven programming and organizational structure that matches the community’s assets and potential.
MainStreet of Fremont Board Members
Melissa Powell | Executive Director MainStreet of Fremont
Sam Heineman, President | Dodge County Realty Group
Jasmine De Luna, Vice President | 1st State Bank & Trust
Sarah Brandt, Treasurer | Bixby Financial Services
Kim Schwartz, Secretary | First Community Bank
Jill Gossett | Fremont Methodist
Kim Cuda | Abe Krasne Home Furnishings
Nichole Owsley | Arch Bishop Bergan
Nik Beninato | Don Peterson & Associates
Tom Coday | Lou's Sporting Goods
Katy Jones | Midland University
Liz Gibney | FNBO
Erika Martinez | Don Peterson & Associates
Bridget Sawyer | S2 Roll-Offs