Let us start out by saying Thank You! Without the generous support of our sponsors: business, foundations, community members, stakeholders and individuals we would not be able to complete the work we do without your support. There is so much work to be done in 2022 and we need your help.
As we wrap a bow on 2021, it is exciting to see what work there is ahead and to take some time to look at the highlights of the past year. In March, we were able to complete light pole banner installations from "Color the Town"/ Patronicity Grant. In April, I was hired as the new Executive Director. I came from an extensive background in the banking and financial services industry and had previously served as the Auburn Main Street President. The dedication of the "Art District' in the 6th and Main Street corridor was completed in May.
In June, AMS became recognized as a National Main Street Affiliate Member. Both Indiana Main Street and National Main Street Programs have standards to be met and maintained to be eligible for programing and funding. In the fall we took on an Intern, Eva Hallman, a Dekalb High School senior, pursuing Journalism beyond high school. She is building skills and experience in film, editing, and interviewing during her time with us. In the fall we started working on the Meet Main Street Series and we plan to continue that project into 2022. The goal of the "Meet Main Street" series, is to film all of the greater downtown area business owners to get a snapshot in time of buildings, owners, photos, businesses, and then share this information with social media and with the local Eckhart Public Library for perpetuity.
There are many new events and programs planed for 2022 such as launching our new Jr Main Street program with High School students. There is a desire to have more of a focus on preservation, historic commemoration and programing. We plan to bring back Discovering Historic Auburn in May and even have Pumpkin Fest planned for October First Friday with Pumpkin Carving!
The City of Auburn was recently selected for the Hoosiers Enduring Legacy Program (HELP), a competitive program where the City of Auburn was selected to be one of the city's by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to participate in this program. The funding will ultimately end with a matching $1M funds for a community driven legacy project from the American Rescue Funds Act money that was provided to our state and city. This is such an exciting opportunity for our community to work collaboratively with 4 state Universities on researching, selecting, and determining Auburn's Legacy Project over the next 12-24 months.
A vibrant downtown helps define a community's identity and is often a source of community pride. That is why it is often referred to as the heart of a community. A vibrant downtown is a big component of quality of life and quality of place serving as a destination that offers employment opportunities, consumer opportunities, as well as social interaction and engagement.
As economic development across the Midwest re-focuses on attracting both new jobs, homes, and new residents, quality of life and quality of place take center stage. We invite you to support your local Auburn Main Street organization, our annual sponsors understand that an attractive downtown is good for the community and good for business.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose efforts are made possible by gifts from individuals and families, small business members, and major sponsors. Please consider joining Auburn Main Street's mission is to collaborate with our community to promote, advance, and preserve a vibrant historic downtown- rich in Art and Culture and inviting for all. #weloveauburn