Jeff Zimont has been named the new chairman of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority.
Friday’s move brings an end to the 3 1/2-year chairmanship of Deb Grubbs. She indicated she preferred to not continue the role of chairperson but will serve as vice-chair.
Zimont is a past president of the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education.
The city of Three Rivers was informed last week it has been chosen as one of nine communities in the state to take part in the Michigan Main Street program.
Overseen by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Main Street program allows its members to receive training on the basics of organizing, promoting, and economically restructuring and designing their downtown districts.
The Main Street program was established by Gov. Rick Snyder, who said its purpose is to create and maintain vibrant downtown communities throughout the state. Training provided by the state agency centers on a program called Main Street Four-Point Approach.
Three Rivers’ pursuit of the program was spearheaded by its Downtown Development Authority and supported by Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners.
An orientation webinar for representatives from the nine communities is scheduled to take place late next week.
The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority has announced it will stage a work session in mid February.
The event takes place 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Three Rivers Area Chamber. According to an announcement about the meeting, its purpose is to discuss goals and long-term goals during its 2013 fiscal year.
Saturday’s Christmas Around Town drew a large and excited crowd to downtown Three Rivers.
The event kicked off what the Three Rivers Downtown Merchants and the Downtown Development Authority are promoting as the Five Golden Holiday Weekends in downtown Three Rivers.
Organizers of Saturday’s events said they were pleased with the turnout to the downtown district, the reception given to Santa and his noon arrival and the large number of people who showed up later for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority has been given approval from city officials to be a part of the Main Street Program.
During last week’s city commission meeting, Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners endorsed the concept. The Main Street Program, a statewide program that provides help with downtown revitalization and economic development.
Christy Trammell, DDA director, said the alliance gives the DDA access to professional-development tools applicable to boosting downtown businesses.
Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority Director Christy Trammell said she has accepted an invitation for the city to participate in a snowman-building contest.
The city’s participation in the Snowman Making Champion of the Free World event will take place at a to-be-determined site in Three Rivers on Jan. 28. Three Rivers will be one of five Michigan cities participating, joining Zeeland, Saline, St. Clair and Douglas.
Trammell said no more than 50 people at a time may be working on making snowmen at the site and judging is based on the number of snowmen built over a designated period of time. Saline won the traveling trophy last year, as its participants assembled 486 snowmen in two hours.