The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority was named one of three recipients statewide in a competition staged by the Michigan Main Street program.
DDA Director Christy Trammell was notified Tuesday that the community was accepted into the Select Level of the program, which is overseen by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
Trammell said the Michigan Main Street program is a community-driven, comprehensive strategy that encourages economic development through historic preservation in ways appropriate for today’s marketplace. It uses a four-point approach that incorporates components of economic restructuring, design, organization and promotion.
Winning communities receive five years of training through the Michigan Main Street program.
A critical development as a result of the award is the impending hiring of a Main Street DDA director, who will relieve Trammell of her duties in that capacity. Trammell will resume her role as executive director of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.
Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority members expect to hear this week whether the agency is awarded a step up to a “Select” level in the Michigan Main Street community.
A team of DDA and community members made a presentation before a panel of judges last week in Lansing as part of the process to earn the Select status. If chosen as one of the three recipients from the pool of four candidates, Three Rivers DDA would receive programming assistance from the Michigan Main Street.
DDA director Christy Trammell said MMS offers assistance in the form of manpower and expertise to help keep downtown districts strong and viable.
Three Rivers is current at the Associate level, the first of three steps in the MMS program.
The city of Three Rivers was declared the winning municipality in a five-community snowman-making contest Saturday.
Ten teams drawing a total of more than 50 people took part in the two-hour event. In all, the Three Rivers entry made 421 snowmen, topping the output of teams from Douglas, Saline, St. Clair and Zeeland.
Three Rivers will receive a traveling trophy to hold until the annual competition resumes in 2015. Organized by the city of Three Rivers and the Downtown Development Authority, the event had been cancelled the past two years due to lack of snow.
Approximately 100 people gathered in downtown Three Rivers Sunday to participate in a flash mob-style video shoot, led by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.
DDA director Christy Trammell said the authority has applied to participate in the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street Program.
Adhering to the theme, “T.R. is All in this Together,” representatives from various organizations, Three Rivers Community Schools’ students, business people and citizens gathered on Main Street for the afternoon filming.
Three Rivers is one of four communities competing to proceed to the next level of the MMSP. Trammell said those accepted to the Select Level will be making a five-year agreement to commit to receive the support and training the program has to offer.
Sunday’s video shoot will be played Feb. 5 as part of the DDA’s presentation in Lansing.
Officials from the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority will find out in March whether their recently submitted application is approved by the Michigan Main Street program.
DDA director Christy Trammell said the nine-chapter application was sent to the Lansing-based agency Dec. 5. She said it took more than three months to complete the application, which, if accepted, would put the Three Rivers DDA at the “select level.” The select level is the second of three layers in the Michigan Main Street program.
Three Rivers is one of four communities vying for the three available select-level positions. If it is accepted, the Three Rivers DDA will receive five years of training through the Michigan Main Street program.
Acceptance would also result in the hiring of a DDA director, who would be selected before the end of May. Trammell would then re-focus her job duties to executive director of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sunny skies helped draw more than 2,000 people to Meyer Broadway Park as part of Sunday’s Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour.
The county-owned park was one of 13 locations on the 2013 tour, a self-guided event offering attractions, activities, food and fall-related fun.
Christy Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, said many of the people she talked to during the event decided the day of to participate because of the sunny weather.
Other popular stops on the tour included Swiss Valley, Corey Lake Orchards Farm Market, Scidmore Park and Riverbend Farm Antiques.
The tour has been an annual Three Rivers-area event since the 1950s.