Our organization is dedicated to helping plan for and grow the historic district of downtown Cambridge, Ohio.
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To capture the soul and talent of Cambridge by delivering energetic, fresh, and quirky experiences that attract individuals who will want to invest in Cambridge.
Our VisionAn historic and vibrant Cambridge downtown district with an abundance of visitor and resident activity, embraced by preserved architectural integrity.
In early 2003, a small group of citizens, business owners and public officials began working towards a plan to breathe new life into the historic district of downtown Cambridge. Like many small communities, retailers struggled to compete with shopping malls and big box retailers; students went off to college, but few returned. The solution was the proven strategies of the Main Street Four-Point Approach™. Cambridge became an official Main Street community in January of 2004.
Our Historic District encompasses the downtown shopping area along Wheeling and Steubenville Avenue. Our main street is Wheeling Avenue which is old Route 40 - the National Road. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 70 & 77, Cambridge is nestled in the scenic, rolling hills of southeast Ohio. It serves as the county seat of Guernsey County.
Cambridge Main Street committees meet each month and we welcome anyone to attend. The monthly meeting times, places and contacts are listed below:Organization:
Organization means getting everyone working toward the same goal. The focus of this group is fundraising, volunteer management and program promotion. The Organization Committee meets the 2nd TUESDAY of each month at 8am at Francis Restaurant. Chair is Linda Miller 439-4131 firstname.lastname@example.orgPromotion:
Promotion means selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the district’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, and visitors, the promotions committee strives for a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events and marketing campaigns. The Promotions Committee meets the 1st TUESDAY at 8am at Francis Restaurant. Chair is Penny Parnell 584-4704 email@example.comBusiness Enhancement:
Business Enhancement focuses on the business district, its strengths and its challenges. This committee offers educational and consulting assistance to business owners and interested community members to create and maintain an interconnected downtown district. The B E Committee meets the 1st THURSDAY of the month at Remax Real Estate office. Chair Bryant Ficken 439-2101 firstname.lastname@example.orgDesign:
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape by capitalizing on its best assets – such as historical buildings and traditional pedestrian-oriented layouts. An inviting atmosphere, created through window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, landscaping and banners, conveys a visual message about what the commercial district is and what it has to offer. The Design Committee meets the 2nd THURSDAY at 8am at Davis Architecture Chair Lori Warne-Jones 432-7563 email@example.com.
Described below are the four points of the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.
establishes cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in downtown. This allows the Main Street Program to provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy of the downtown. Diverse groups from the public and private sectors must work together to create and maintain a successful program.
aims to create a positive image in downtown in order to rekindle community pride. Promotion seeks to improve retail sales events and festivals in order to restore the downtown as the cultural and economic center of the community.
strengthens the economic viability of the downtown by retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the downtown. This is accomplished by converting unused or underutilized space into productive property and by sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of downtown businesses.
focuses on the improvement of every physical aspect of the downtown: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces and landscaping. Its aim is to stress the importance of quality design in all of these areas, to educate people about quality design and to expedite improvements in the downtown.
Information provided by www.mainstreet.org.