As we look forward to the New Year, we’re looking back on 2018 and all the NEW happenings with Main Street Wilmington! We hosted new events, worked with new community partners, welcomed new staff and board members, and moved to a new office. Here’s just a sample of the NEW and the OLD from the last 12 months:

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

We worked in collaboration with The Murphy Theatre to celebrate their 100th anniversary, partnered with the United Way of Clinton County and Wilmington Parks & Rec on two new fundraising events, provided resources to the Clinton County Youth Council, Your Community Store, and Wilmington Friends Meeting, and strengthened our relationship with the City of Wilmington and the Clinton County Port Authority.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With the assistance of a Clinton Community Fellow from Energize Clinton County, we developed a new section on our website to provide start-up information for new/prospective businesses and individuals and businesses looking for a downtown location.

COMMUNICATION and OUTREACH

In addition to meetings with downtown merchants and business owners throughout the year, we also spoke with multiple community groups about our programs, events, and goals: noon and morning Rotary, Board of Realtors, English Club, the 3M Club at Cape May, and the Yanni Club.

BEAUTIFICATION

We worked with the Downtown Wilmington Community Improvement Corporation and the City of Wilmington to install and care for the hanging flower baskets throughout the downtown, and carried out multiple downtown cleanup days throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

We reached out to new volunteers at Wilmington College through The Quake, Fall Orientation, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Sigma Alpha sorority, and Career Fair. We also developed a volunteer planning committee for the 2019 Art & Soul Fest.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION and HISTORY AWARENESS

We coordinated the installation of five Downtown Historic Markers and Historic Marker Walking Tour kiosk. In cooperation with Heritage Ohio, hosted a Historic Tax Credits Coffee for local businesses and other surrounding county groups.

BRINGING VISITORS TO DOWNTOWN

In seven months, we hosted eight events that brought over 3,000 visitors to our beautiful downtown from as far away as Tennessee and North Carolina, with over 500 of our faithful fans coming back for the annual Wine Walk in May and over 350 enthusiasts participating in the brand new Craft Beer Rally & Chili Cook-Off. We were also able to welcome families and children of all ages to the Halloween Hoopla at The Murphy Theatre and the 12th annual Hometown HoliDazzle.

NEW FACES in NEW PLACES

We welcomed Ruth Brindle as a new Executive Co-Director, and Tracy Ward and Bexlie Beam as new Board Members, and moved to a new location at 63 West Main Street.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2019

Watch for announcements about the return of your favorite events, exciting news about additions to long-standing events, and even a brand new event!

WHAT CAN I DO TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF MAIN STREET WILMINGTON?

Volunteer—Main Street’s success depends on committed volunteers who love our city. Whether you’re looking to be involved in a committee, help spread the word about our work and events, or volunteer at your favorite event, we’ve got lots of opportunities for individuals and groups. Send us an email or call the office (937/382-2737) to see how you can join the Main Street family!

Donate—Do you have a particular Main Street event or project that is near and dear to your heart that you would like to support? Donate online or call the office (937/382-2737) to show your support today!

Spread the Word—Join our email list and follow us on Facebook and on Instagram!

THANK YOU for your continued support of Main Street Wilmington!

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