Main Street FAQs

Want to know more about the Main Street program. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.

What is the Main Street program?
It is a community-driven strategy that encourages economic development in the downtown area. Communities who are part of the program receive support and technical assistance.

Why do we need the Main Street program in Dundee?
Statistics have proven that no community can survive, or grow, without a vibrant downtown.  The program comes with a proven structure for downtown development and continued growth.  With a dedicated manager here, and ongoing support from Michigan Main Street staff, we will ensure that the growth we have experienced lately will continue into the future.

Does Main Street tell you what to do or how to do it?
No.  It is your community and your downtown – you know it best.

What does it cost to be in the program?
There is no fee for being in the program.  There are, however, some program requirements that do have an expense.

What do we get for being in the program?
– Over $100k of services including market studies, branding packaging, and much more.
– Ongoing training and support.
– Access to resources through websites and a network of other like-minded communities.

Who is involved?
The DDA is going to be the hosting organization, but this must be a community-driven effort involving community leaders and stakeholders, organizations, business owners, and residents.

What is special about the program?
The program uses a proven, balanced approach that considers ALL of the needed parts of a successful revitalization effort, including: design, promotions, economic development, and organization.

Also: The program is driven BY the community FOR the community.

How long is the program?
The select level of Main Street is a 5 year program.

Who else is in the program?
Main Street communities in Michigan include: Saline, Old Town Lansing, Otsego, Howell, Three Rivers, Grayling, Charlevoix, Grand Haven, Milan, Blissfield, and more…

What is the impact of the program?
Within the 2014-2015 year, Michigan Main Street communities:
– Raised $35,588,390 in private investment
– Made $3,761,111 worth of public improvements
– Used 58,466 volunteer hours
– Opened 110 new businesses
– Made 119 façade improvements

Where can I get more information?