A I N S T R E E T O F
P E R R Y
Main Street is you and I...
Main Street of Perry is you and I, and our neighbors
- in partnership - protecting and celebrating the joys
of living in our small town. As a member of this not-for-profit
organization, you can be a vital part of history in
the making as the Main Street Program strives to energize
the downtown economy while preserving the unique, historical
character of Perry.
The Main Street approach is incremental. It means many
small changes taking place over several years. It means
strengthening local leadership and also strengthening
the commitment to care for and manage the area long
term. The center's preservation-based approach has been
nationally recognized as effectively scaled to the resources
of small towns.
Through the services of a part-time director with access
to state and national resources; an involved board of
directors; and active committees, Main Street of Perry
is preparing for an ambitious year:
Restore one building face each
Coordinate technical consultations
for owners & merchants
Maintain & expand Noble County
Courthouse flower gardens
Establish a downtown historic
Publish quarterly newsletter
Provide free educational training
for owners & merchants
Sponsor 'Breakfast with Main
Main Street Approach...
Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has been working
with communities across the nation to revitalize their historic
or traditional commercial areas. Based in historic preservation,
the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial
architecture and the fabric of American communities' built
environment, but has become a powerful economic development
tool as well.
The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects
of the downtown or central business district, producing both
tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management,
strengthening public participation, and making downtown a
fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street's future
as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings, and
Building on downtown's inherent assets -- rich architecture,
personal service, and traditional values and most of all,
a sense of place -- the Main Street approach has rekindled
entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern.
It has earned national recognition as a practical strategy
appropriately scaled to a community's local resources and
conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all
initiative stems from local issues and concerns.
The Main Street program's success is based on a comprehensive
strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities,
in four broad areas, called the 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.
Organization: Building consensus and cooperation among
the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization
Promotion: Marketing the traditional commercial district's
assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses,
local citizens and visitors.
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 advocates are commonly asked by city governments
and businesses, "Why should we invest in downtown?" The answer
is simple: your downtown or neighborhood commercial district
is an important and worthwhile investment in the economic
health and quality of life in your community. A vital Main
Street area reduces sprawl by concentrating retail in one
area and uses community resources wisely, such as infrastructure,
tax dollars and land.
A healthy Main Street core protects property values in surrounding
residential neighborhoods. The traditional commercial district
is an ideal location for independent businesses, which in
turn keeps profits in town. Chain businesses send profits
out of town.
Main Street supports local families with family-owned businesses,
and supports local community projects, such as ball teams
and schools and provides an extremely stable economic foundation,
as opposed to a few large businesses and chains with no ties
to stay in the community.
A revitalized Main Street increases the community's options
for goods and services: whether for basic staples, like clothing,
food and professional services or less traditional functions
such as housing and entertainment. Main Street provides an
important civic forum, where members of the community can
congregate. Parades, special events and celebrations held
there reinforce intangible sense of community. Private developments
like malls can and do restrict free speech and access.
Many Main Street districts become tourist attractions by virtue
of the character of buildings, location, selection of unique
businesses, and events held there.
For more information visit the Oklahoma
Main Street and National
Main Street websites.
Contact or Visit Main
Street of Perry
Street of Perry
P.O. Box 188
Perry, Ok. 73077