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HIGHLAND MAIN STREET BUREAU
WHAT HAS HIGHLAND MAIN STREET BEEN DOING?
INCREASE BUSINESS AWARENESS
Working with downtown businesses to ramp up interest and viability, the goal is to make the downtown a destination for residents and tourists alike.
Highland Main Street hosts art displays in downtown business windows to encourage the arts as well as enticing the community to stop and shop local. In 2016, HMS joined forces with the Highland Community Foundation and the Redevelopment Commission to secure grants for a mural on Jewett Street and a sculpture for the new Downtown Sculpture and Art Walk.
POP UP GALLERIES
This innovation showcases available storefronts through local art displays coupled with after-hours wine and appetizers. Pop-up galleries have proven to be great networking opportunities and advertisement for vacant sites.
FACADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM
Brochures and information provided to downtown businesses have interested merchants to give their storefronts a facelift. Grants provide up to 30 percent of the cost of facade renovation. To date, downtown merchants have invested nearly $600,000 in façade improvements – with more than $168,000 in FIG reimbursements.
Targeting a downtown business, groups of high-octane shoppers descend on the store and give it the business – literally.
FESTIVAL OF THE TRAIL
This fall festival generates traffic throughout downtown. A celebration of the arts as well as health and fitness, the Festival of Trail features artist stalls, vendor booths, fitness/dance demos and live entertainment.
DOWNTOWN CAR CRUISE
Our annual car cruise fills downtown Highland with dozens of classic cars and antique hot rods. A family-friendly event, the cruise is the perfect time to stroll downtown, visit with friends, check out the cars and shop our one-of-kind businesses.
Located just south of the Little Calumet River, the rookery is a large nesting area for great blue herons and egrets. HMS volunteers have been pivotal to the improvement of the site, which now features an accessible paved path, benches, binoculars, signage and informational brochures.
STREET MARKET MUSICIANS
HMS recruits and schedules musicians to perform – from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, May 31 through September 27 – at Highland's seasonal market at Main Square Park.
In 2016, HMS volunteers established a program and selection process for a town Poet Laureate. An ambassador of Highland's vibrant artistic and literary life, the Poet Laureate promotes the literary community and celebrates the written word. HMS
MINUTES & REPORTS
The board meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.
Dawn Diamantopoulos - president
Marie Russo - vice president
Doug Van Ramshorst
Bernie Zemen - Redevelopment Commission representative
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The mission of Highland Main Street (HMS) is to restore, revitalize and promote the downtown district of Highland, Indiana. Using a focus on structures, attractions, business and landscape, HMS serves as a catalyst to make the downtown district stronger and more vibrant for residents, visitors and business owners in the area.
Town Municipal Building
3333 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
Director of Development
(219) 972-7598 office
(219) 972-5097 fax
Highland Main Street was formed in 2011. Part of the Indiana Main Street program, the duties of the Highland Main Street Bureau can be found in Town Code Chapter 14.15.
Highland Main Street is an active group limited only by the size of its volunteer contingent.
If you would like to become a member of Highland Main Street, have an innovative idea that could help become even more of a stand-out community or would rather focus on one of the initiatives already in place, the committee has a place for you.
For more information or to apply, please contact Lance Ryskamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.