From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director

It is important for community to be informed on our projects and purpose
by Rae Gosling | Grayling Main Street Program Director
Last week I discussed the great session we had with some of the downtown business community regarding ways Grayling Main Street (GMSt) could better serve them. We got feedback on services, trainings, and events that would be beneficial as we move forward in our revitalization, development, and preservation efforts.
This week I would like to share with you a similar service GMSt is committed to providing to our community, training and education for area residents. Not unlike our business community, the residents of Grayling and the surrounding area deserve information regarding our work. This column is one of the ways I provide that service.  We also have a bi-weekly e-newsletter, and our Facebook page and website are great places to get information about GMSt.
Additionally, all of our training opportunities and meetings are open to the public, and I want to encourage you to join us. If you visit the GMSt website, the calendar tab shows all of the public meetings and sessions we have scheduled. We hold our core committee meetings in the third week of every month, and our training schedule is on an as available and needed basis. I recently presented on the new logos the City and GMSt received through Michigan Main Street and Rising Tide technical assistance. We discussed the toolbox presented, how to access the resources, and how to use the elements appropriately.
It is incredibly important to all of us with GMSt, that the community be informed about our projects, potential, and purpose. Therefore, when I get that opportunity to present to closed groups and share the work done by economic and community development professionals, I am ecstatic! 
Last week I was offered that exact opportunity. Traci Cook, Erich Podjaske, and myself were invited to speak with two economics classes about being in the economic development field, and what it means for our community.  Mr. Moffit was very kind to share his classroom with us and allow us to impart our experiences on some youth in Grayling. A few students appeared to have a decent grasp on what economic development means, but most seemed unsure about what exactly it means for Grayling. We were able to illuminate some of what economic development entails.  There are many facets to the field, from physical development of buildings and properties, to business attraction and retention, and community engagement.  
I think Grayling is very fortunate to have strong collaborative efforts between community entities, like the Chamber of Commerce, city staff, and GMSt. These relationships contribute to the success of our community by creating a team to address all of the many elements of economic development. As I have discussed before, consolidating our resources for collective efforts is the best way for small communities, like ours, to leverage the most from the limited resources available. Additionally, it positions us to activate new resources, the youth in our community in this case, by presenting the many opportunities that exist in the economic development field. 
Want to know more about what GMSt has going on?  Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Program Director’s Desk. You can also check out our website,, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to

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