Many approaches to downtown revitalization, from urban renewal to paint-up, fix-up projects have failed because they focused on just one or two problems, rather than dealing with the full spectrum of interrelated issues that affect traditional commercial districts. The Main Street Program a self-help program that encourages private re-investment. The program provides opportunities for grants from other state and federal agencies, as well as, Grand Saline Main Street Program's Sign or Facade Grant.
Organization means getting everyone working toward the same goal. The tough work of building consensus and cooperation among the groups that have an important stake in the district can be eased by using the common-sense formula of volunteer-driven programs and an organizational structure of board committees.
Promotion means selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the district’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, and visitors, an effective promotion strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers.
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets – such as historic buildings and traditional downtown layout – is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping conveys a visual message about what Main Street is and what it has to offer.
Economic Vitality means finding a new purpose for Grand Saline-based enterprises. By helping existing businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today’s market, Main Street Programs help convert unused space into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness and merchandising skills of downtown business people.