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Elmwood’s Main Street Revitalization Project

The Elmwood Community Development Agency kicked off the Elmwood Main Street Revitalization project with the help of three agencies; Nebraska Main Street Network, Inc., Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council, and OPPD - Economic Development.  The representatives from those groups, Elizabeth Chase, Jennifer Serkiz, and Brook Aken, made a presentation to the Main Street Revitalization Committee in June.  The presentation covered statistics about Elmwood and described the process for revitalizing a main street.  The ladies covered the steps that it takes to undertake a project like this. 

The first step is to gather information from the residents of Elmwood.  We have divided the project into three categories.  The first is the simple projects and activities.  What are the things that we can do right now to improve the look of main street and to generate a positive energy?  The second category is the intermediate projects and activities.  These involve increasing level of difficulty and involvement of volunteers, professionals, and planners.  The third category is the most challenging.  This is the difficult projects and activities.  It is more complex and intensive.  This is where the rubber hits the road and the big projects get done.  Whether it is redevelopment of buildings or construction of new, this is where that happens.

Now that we have identified the steps we are looking for ideas that go under each category.  The committee has already identified some ideas but we would like to hear from those who have not been able to attend the meetings.  We recognize that there is a big interest in this project but not everyone has time to attend the meetings.  We would still like to hear your input so we are reaching out to you and hope that you can respond with your input.

Please click on the link below and read the file. I have commandeered the information from the presentation so you will understand the information we are looking to gather from you.  There are some pictures from other communities to show what they have done in projects similar to this. 

I have included a list at the end that the committee has already identified so please don’t repeat those ideas.  We want to make sure we have gathered all the ideas possible so please respond if you have input.  On Tuesday, August 21st we will be having a prioritizing meeting where we decide which ideas are more important and which we think are achievable. 

Please send your responses by Thursday, August 16th.

Thank you for your time!

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or drop off written comments to the Village Office.

 Elmwood Main Street Revitalization Information - Information Gathering

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