From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director
Coordinated, collaborative work is the best way for community to accomplish tasks and grow
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
As you may recall from last week, projects are picking up again with the Grayling Main Street (GMSt) program. Last week I shared with you some targets we are working toward with property owners, Michigan Main Street (MMS), and Michigan Economic Development Corporations (MEDC) to change the facades of Downtown Grayling. This week I will bring it a little more in house, and discuss some exciting events and meetings that took place last week.
As some of you may already know, the third week of the month is “Meeting Madness” for GMSt. All of our committee meetings and our Board meeting take place that week. Having all of the committee meetings in the same week, just before the Board meeting, allows for the most up to date information to be shared with the Board.
Most notably during Meeting Madness, committees were preparing for our upcoming Paddle Battle. This is the second annual hosting of this exciting event by GMSt. Last year we were very fortunate to have great support from downtown businesses, and a great turnout from the public, for the then never-before-seen event in Downtown Grayling. This year a few elements have changed, as we figure out what works best, but the concept is the same. We are looking forward to seeing the paddlers compete in our new “battle ground” pool, set up in the Grayling City Park. Be sure to stop in and catch the action on Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m.
This Meeting Madness was extra mad, as we hosted two additional trainings during the week. The first was a special training provided by MMS for our Board members to work on narrowing our goals, based on our vision for downtown, and the surrounding area. It was a wonderful exercise in how we can align our goals with other community centric organizations for a stronger, more impactful result. As I have discussed before, we have a limited resource pool in our community, both from the human aspect and financially. Coordinated, collaborative work is the best way for our community to accomplish tasks and see meaningful growth and development.
The second special event this week was hosted by MMS, and invited several communities from across the state to learn about the Main Street Model, and see it working in a community. There were just over 30 visitors that learned from MMS staff and our volunteers. Many of the visitors remarked on the positive energy and change they see in Grayling, after not having visited our community for several years. I want to offer congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to make Grayling a better place. Regardless of if your contribution is having a clean yard, working for the city, or volunteering your time or money to programs like ours, thank you for your effort.
In closing, I want to paraphrase the numerous compliments we received: Your community has a positive energy that makes me want what you have. The streets are clean, the folks are friendly, and it is clear you still have momentum to make it even better. Good work. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Want to know more about GMSt and what is going on in Downtown Grayling? Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk. You can also check out our website, www.DowntownGrayling.com, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to DowntownGrayling@gmail.com.
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next.