Main Street Ripley is a volunteer driven organization with a paid program manager, as required by the National Criteria for certified Main Street communities. We have a totally volunteer Board of Directors. Volunteers are the life blood of the Main Street Ripley organization. Without YOU there is no Main Street Ripley.
In 17 years of serving Ripley, Main Street Ripley participants have donated more than 500,000 hours of their time.
Here are just a few of the standing committees that you could participate in. There are always side projects going on in addition to these standing committees. Please consider helping out!
Organization Committee involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a downtown revitalization program. A governing committee and standing task forces make up the fundamental organizational structure of the volunteer-driven program. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders.
Economic Restructuring Committee strengthens a community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. A well honed downtown revitalization program helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today’s consumers’ needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. Knowing and understanding your current markets and population demographics can guide your efforts to fill the unused or underused commercial space.
Design Committee is devoted to getting downtown into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Promotions Committee sells a positive image of the commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the downtown district. By marketing a district’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners, and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. These activities improve consumer and investor confidence in the district and encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.
Friends of Mill Creek Committee meets frequently in the Main Street Ripley office to develop watershed activities. They strive to branch out from Main Street Ripley to become a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit. Until that time, they work collaboratively with MSR to develop the Mill Creek Water Trail. Check out the website for more information. http://www.MillCreekWaterTrail.com