Noblesville Main Street Announces Goals and New Initiatives for 2016

NMS MeetingNoblesville Main Street held their annual meeting at Forest Park Inn this past Friday morning. As part of this annual event, executive director Chris Owens gave a recap of the efforts of the previous year, including statistics on social media growth, community outreach that impacted 53 local non-profit groups around Noblesville and an enhanced marketing strategy using online media and video to help spread the message of downtown development.

“We made tremendous strides in communicating our vision and value in 2015,” according to Owens. “As our downtown expands, we will broaden our scope of service beyond events and programs to look at community building and improving quality of life.”

As part of the meeting, Noblesville Main Street recognized its partners in the White River Celebration, including Nickel Plate Arts, Schwartz’s Bait and Tackle, the City of Noblesville and Courtney’s Kitchen, with awards originally presented by Indiana Main Street for the Downtown Special Event of 2015. Other awards went to Restoration Church, honored as the 2015 Main Street Volunteer Group of the Year, Smith’s Jewelers, recognized as the 2015 Partner of the Year, and Jackie Bell, Promotions Committee Chair and owner of Primrose School, who was honored as the 2015 Board Member of the Year.

Noblesville Main Street is divided into four standing committees and specific goals were reviewed for each committee as part of the 2016 Work Plan. The Organization Committee will focus on fundraising and sponsorships in the second year of a comprehensive sponsorship program. The Design Committee works on downtown aesthetics and will implement a design guideline document compiled in 2015 in hopes of creating a complimentary local historic district to enhance preservation efforts. The Promotions Committee will oversee programming options and partnerships with Federal Hill Commons, which opening in 2016. Finally, the Economic Development Committee will take on two major goals this year, the first being a retail-incentive program to further develop Noblesville as a destination retail location. Additionally, this committee will partner with the City of Noblesville and Hamilton County Tourism to research activation and programming options for the north and east alleys in downtown.

The Noblesville Farmers Market was on the meeting agenda as well.

“I’m pleased to announce we will return to the overflow lot east of Riverview Health for one final year of the Farmers Market prior to the opening of Federal Hill Commons, our long-term home,” stated Owens.

Registration for the Farmers Market will open first by invitation to vendors from 2015. Vendors from last year will have two weeks to register and secure their booth, subject to acceptance, before the application goes live to the public on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

In closing remarks, Owens added that Noblesville Main Street membership and sponsorship opportunities are available and would be glad to discuss options for community support and engagement.