Because Downtown matters…

I recently made a road trip up Highway 281, headed to Kimball, South Dakota to spend the weekend with my son. North of St. Paul, trees with a few buildings cropping out of the surrounding trees caught my curiosity off to the right. Realizing that I had never been to Greeley, I turned, drove a half mile or so and found myself in downtown Greeley, a couple of blocks of vintage frame and brick buildings in various stages of aging, very typical of so many small Nebraska towns. I explored a bit and got on my way north. The experience reminded me how automatically we create our impression of a town largely by our experience of the downtown.

“How can we keep our children from leaving? How can we keep our grandchildren from leaving? The obvious answer is that cities need to provide the sort of environment that these people want. Surveys—as if we needed them—show how creative-class citizens, especially millennials, vastly favor communities with street life, the pedestrian culture that can only come from walkability.” (Jeff Speck: Walkable City)

Statistics are showing that vibrant downtowns are becoming a major influence as young millennials pick first the place they want to live and then second, chose a job. Companies looking for communities to relocate to are also more and more cognizant of this as they select new locations. The Main Street program is perfectly structured to be a leading factor in accomplishing the changes to strengthen our Downtown.

Main Street Kearney is an independent non-profit organization committed to making Downtown Kearney an increasingly enjoyable place for shopping, dining and entertainment, or just relaxing. Please consider partnering with Main Street Kearney, our board, and our committee members as we work toward our goals of economic vitality through historic preservation and a strong and vibrant downtown business district.

If you have a question, comments, or just want to know what projects are underway, I would be glad to meet with you, or you can find us on the web, email us at mainstreetkearney@gmail.com, or write to us at: P.O. Box 1666, Kearney, NE 68848.

Sincerely,

Dick Reiter
Manager
Main Street Kearney


The purpose of our program is to encourage economic revitalization through historic preservation. We are affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center through the Nebraska Main Street Network program.

Please consider coming alongside the efforts of Main Street Kearney, our board, and our committee members as we work toward our goals of economic revitalization through historic preservation and a strong and vibrant downtown business district.

We encourage you to be a part of the future of downtown Kearney. Main Street Kearney is an independent non-profit organization, and needs your support to help downtown Kearney reach it’s full potential.


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