Brownstown / Ewing Main Street Committees

Brownstown/Ewing Main Street uses the "Indiana Main Street Four Point Approach" to establish goals/projects and to operate the organization, utilizing four committees consisting of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring.

Each committee should meet regularly, implement and evaluate projects, create a committee work plan and present reports and recommendations to the Board.

BEMS committees are the following:

DESIGN COMMITTEE

Shape the physical appearance/image of downtown to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors.

The Design Committee is charged with enhancing the physical appearance of the Brownstown/Ewing commercial districts by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems an long-term planning.

Members:

Joe Reynolds-Chairman, Darlene Butt, Bob Gillespie, Jerry Brown, Linda McCormick

Responsibilities:

* Directing design improvement activity relating to building maintenance and rehabilitation.
* Historic Preservation
* New Construction

Public Improvement Design Projects:

* Brownstown Downtown Revitalization Master Plan - completed September 2012
* Ewing Depot Restoration
* Logo/Branding
* (Future) Jackson County History Center and Historic Ewing signs
* (Future) Landscaping and handicap accessibility
* (Future) Downtown Facade Restoration Project


ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Liaison to Jackson County History Center, build consensus and cooperation among groups and individuals involved in the revitalization process. Rally the entire community. Membership.

Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals of the Brownstown/Ewing community to work together toward revitalizing the downtown areas of Brownstown and Ewing is the goal of the Organization Committee. Cooperation from the public and private sectors is critical to achieve visible results.

Members:

Dick Rumph-Chairman, Ray Bachmann, Wilma Wessel, Linda McCormick

Responsibilities:

* Organizing members and other interested individuals to work together toward the revitalizing of the downtown.
* Overseeing fundraising and the financial management of the Corporation
* Dealing with all organizational governance matters

Organizational Projects:

* List of prospective New Board Members
* Slate of Officers (for June 2012 - May 2014)
* Current By-Laws (approved Oct. 2010)
* Mission Statement (approved August 5, 2010)
* Vision Statement (approved August 5, 2010)
* Membership/Contributor Campaign


PROMOTION COMMITTEE

Promote downtown as the center of commerce, culture, and community life.

The Promotion Committee markets the assets of Brownstown and Ewing's downtown to customers, potential investors, businesses, local citizens, and visitors through image campaigns, events, and promotional activities.

Members:

Eric DiBlasi-Chairman, Melissa Bane, Peggy Rein, Arann Banks, Linda McCormick

Responsibilities:

* Marketing downtown Brownstown and Ewing
* Quality image of the business district as a center of activities
* Goods and services to retailers, shoppers, investors and tourist

Promotion Projects:

* 2012 Indiana Historic Pathways Teachers Workshop (at WR Ewing on Oct. 2, 2012)
* 2012 Indiana Main Street Community Exchange (at WR Ewing on July 25, 2012)
* 2012 Jackson County Fair Booth
* 2011 Indy 500 Contest
* 2011 Melonfest ChalkArt


ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE

Work with existing businesses in retaining them in the downtown. Inventory all buildings and properties downtown. Survey businesses downtown to determine their present needs.

This committee's goal is to create economically viable downtown areas in Brownstown and Ewing. This is accomplished by researching the regional market and consumer trends to get a realistic picture of what market mix will work to create a vibrant downtown community.

Members:

Bob Bane-Chairman, Wilma Wessel, Mary Jane Wheatley, Linda McCormick

Responsibilities:

* Supporting existing business owners in growing their businesses.
* Attracting new investment in commercial and residential development.
* Regular inventory of downtown properties to determine vacancy rates.
* Regular tracking of jobs located in downtown Brownstown and Ewing.
* Regular tracking of housing units in downtown Brownstown and Ewing.

Economic Restructuring Projects:

* Facilitation between property owners and Town of Brownstown for downtown revitalization grant projects.
* Create a business development incentive program for investment in the downtown areas of Brownstown and Ewing.
* (Future) Complete Facade grant study and then work with financial institutions with the goal of those institutions offering low interest commercial loans to businesses participating in the facade grant study.
* Update inventory of downtown businesses.


Indiana Main Street
Four Point Approach

Design: Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems and long-term planning. The look of downtown, its streets, signs, buildings and store interiors is unique to each Indiana community. Main Street's goal is to work with all these elements to create a friendly, attractive place that will draw in visitors and businesses.

Organization: Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals involved in the revitalization process. To ensure a self-reliant, broad-based, long-lasting downtown revitalization program, the entire community must rally around the idea. Cooperation from both the public and the private sector is critical to achieve visible results. In addition, a separate staff and business solely dedicated to downtown revitalization is key to achieving long-term, large-scale results.

Promotion: Marketing the commercial district's assets to customers, potential investors, businesses, local citizens, and visitors. To keep investors, visitors, and businesses coming downtown, Main Street must reshape the community perspective of downtown as a hub of activity. Successful downtown image campaigns, as well as promotional activities that build upon the community's unique heritage and culture send a consistent, compelling message promoting the downtown area.

Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development. Main Street's ultimate goal is to create downtowns that are economically viable. Researching the regional market and consumer trends give Main Street organizations a realistic picture of what market mix will work for their downtown. Based on their research, Main Street organizations can begin stabilizing existing businesses and recruiting new businesses to fill the gaps.

Become Involved / Volunteer

If you would like to become involved and volunteer to serve on one of our committees or help with a project, just let us know by using our Contact Us form or by getting in touch with one of our Board Members.