Committees: How Main Street Works
The Main Street Approach begins with creating a vision for success on Main Street that is rooted in a solid understanding of the market realities of the district, and is informed by broad community engagement. Main Street promotes a community-driven process that brings diverse stakeholders from all sectors together, inviting them to be proactive participants in the revitalization process. This essential step provides a foundation for outlining the community’s own identity, expectations, and ideals while confirming real and perceived perceptions, needs and opportunities. It also ensures that the vision is a true reflection of the diversity of the community.
However, a vision of success alone is not enough. Communities must work together to identify key strategies, known as Community Transformation Strategies, that will provide a clear sense of priorities and direction for the revitalization efforts. Typically communities will find two to three Community Transformation Strategies are needed to help reach a community vision. These strategies will focus on both long and short-term actions that will move a community closer to achieving its goals. Work on these strategies would align with the four key areas Main Streets have been using as a guiding framework for over 35 years. These are known collectively as the Main Street Four Points, and Summerville DREAM has a committee that addresses each of them. Click on the links below to find out more about the work of these committees and how to become involved.