The City is in the final year of a 5-year contract with Main Street Kent and while the City’s financial support (currently capped at $75,000 a year) is likely to decline now that Main Street has expanded their revenues thanks to a loyal fan base that attends their events and pays membership dues but our commitment to the principles of preserving and restoring Kent’s historical heritage — celebrating the best of the old and new in downtown Kent — remains as strong as ever.
We don’t keep a ledger of major contributors to the downtown revitalization but if we did, Main Street Kent and its devoted members and supporters would certainly be at the top of the list.
Main Street partnered early on with Ron Burbick to breathe new life into some tired properties, kick-start new downtown events, and otherwise showcase downtown Kent in everything they do.
Main Street helped pave the way for the investments in College Town Kent, proving that downtown Kent was ready to take off, it just needed a little TLC which is what Main Street does best.
The Main Street formula for downtown revitalization has shining examples of success from coast to coast and no doubt Main Street Kent has helped put our downtown on that national map too.
It takes a village to revitalize a downtown and Main Street Kent has been a steady supplier of ideas, energy and “feet on the street” to pull off the remarkable recovery of downtown Kent.
I am proud that we fought hard 8 years ago to find City funds to invest in the new Main Street Kent organization to help get them off the ground — because they’ve made us look so good and paid back our investment many times over, with no end in sight.
Thank You Main Street Kent for all you do for downtown Kent.
Main Street’s Executive Director has shared a summary of Main Street’s highlights for 2014.