Some may question the value of being a Main Street Community, but many others realize that it's an important distinction when marketing a community. Case in point: the phone rang in the Main Street Norwalk office, and on the line was a local official from a nearby northern Ohio community. The person already knew that Norwalk was a Main Street Community. He is working toward starting the program for his own town because he believes it will elevate his town's status.
A similar call came in, but this time it was a business looking to relocate. It didn't matter to them if we referred to our central business district as uptown, downtown, or anything in-between because the business was only interested in investing in a Main Street Community. Recently, visitors from the city of Salem returned to Norwalk to deliver their "First Impressions" report that cited their gut reactions to Norwalk. One key aspect from that report was that the visitors recognized Norwalk as a Main Street Community after spending only a short time here.