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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.

 

ART DISPLAYS

 

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.

 

CASH MOBS

 

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.

 

HIGHLAND ROOKERY

 

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.

 

POET LAUREATE

 

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.

 

MEET THE MEMBERS

 

Dawn Diamantopoulos - president

Marie Russo - vice president

Julie Larson

Mario DeGeorge

Lola McKay

Darlene Barron

Mary Wells

Doug Van Ramshorst

Marion Case

 

REPRESENTATIVES TO HMS

 

Bernie Zemen -- Redevelopment Commission

Dan Vassar -- Town Council

Cindy Rivera -- Chamber of Commerce

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

 

Kathy DeGuilio-Fox

Director of Development

(219) 972-7598 office

(219) 972-5097 fax

CONTACT INFO

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 lryskamp@highland.in.gov.