Have you ever told your child that you wish you had a dollar for every time they asked you a certain question? In our house, when the kids were little, it was "Whatcha doin'"?
In my first few weeks as the Main Street Norwalk program manager, I have one of those questions that it seems every other person asks me. "What is Main Street Norwalk?" It has quickly become clear to me that I need to reacquaint residents and district business owners with our program.
Main Street Norwalk has is roots in Norwalk as far back as 1996 when the Norwalk Revitalization Corp. was established. In 2003, that non-profit corporation reorganized and became the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC). Main Street Norwalk is a program of the NEDC which serves the Uptown Norwalk Historic District (aka "the District").
The mission of Main Street Norwalk is to preserve, improve and promote the district as a commercial, cultural and social center. The vision of the program is to engage the broader community to define, preserve and enhance the district. We are hoping to create an uptown business district that is the ultimate destination of our community and of tourists. We hope that you will come to see the uptown district as you do your living room the center of the action. In 2009, Main Street Norwalk hopes to help show the community and business owners the benefits of shopping in our locally-owned businesses as well as increase the awareness of the program in our business district and in our community. Through our upcoming events and activities and through our new monthly newsletter "Welcome Home" we will work on promotion and education of business owners and residents.