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Downtown Dave – Downtown TR is gaining momentum

Three Rivers is a great place to be right now. Maybe you have noticed it too, but we’ve got an honest-to-goodness, renewed sense of spirit right now. I overhear people talking about what’s happening, and they are excited. I am too. We aren’t out of the proverbial woods yet, but we have potential in spades—market opportunities, exceptional assets, and hard …

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Downtown Dave – My first year with DDA/Main Street

In my first year as Executive Director of Three Rivers DDA/Main Street, I have gotten to know our city in a way that I never knew as a kid. It’s been a challenge, a joy, and a blur of complex programs, learning as I go, and building relationships with people who don’t always get along. However, I expected challenges, and …

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Vago accepts DDA position

David Vago, who was offered the job of executive director of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority/Michigan Main Street, informed officials he will accept the post. Currently a California resident, Vago will begin the job June 6. Vago is a farm technician at East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland. He will be paid a $42,000 annual salary for the …

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TRDDA announces new executive director

Members of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority/Michigan Main Street Board last week approved offering a contract to a California man to serve as executive director of the agency. David Vago is a farm technician at East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland. Board members during a meeting Friday agreed to offer a $42,000 salary for the full-time position. Vago …

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Trammell named to MACP Board

A statewide association representing more than 300 chambers of commerce in Michigan has appointed Christy Trammell to serve on the board for a term that expires in 2019. Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, will serve on the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals. Serving in the position will allow Trammell to help set the strategic …

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Three Rivers does not advance in America’s Best Communities contest

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christy Trammell said she was told this week the community did not advance in an economic-impact contest sponsored by Frontier Communications. After being selected in April as one of 50 quarterfinalists from a pool of 400 applicants in the America’s Best Communities competition, Three Rivers was awarded $50,000 for making the …

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Annual visit to Three Rivers

The Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program next week will welcome representatives from National Main Street and Michigan Main Street back to Three Rivers for their annual visit. Every Michigan Main Street program undergoes a yearly evaluation to assess the program’s progress in addressing downtown revitalization issues. Brian Persky, DDA/Main Street executive director, said because all Main Street programs vary considerably …

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Design assistance approved for Kelsey Block

The Michigan Main Street Center has awarded its third and final Design Assistance service of the 2015 fiscal year to Bruce Monroe, property owner of the “Kelsey Block,” at 39 through 43 North Main Street in downtown Three Rivers. As part of the service, Monroe received an on-site consultation with Michigan Main Street Design Specialist Debra Johnson, as well as …

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Three Rivers DDA awarded two grants

The Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Design Committee recently awarded two grants for signage improvements. Pin-Up Salon and Northside Beverage received the grants, which were made possible through the DDA’s rebate program. The program awards rebates to property and business owners who improve signage, awnings and/or painting. The rebates cover up to 25 percent of costs, with maximum amounts of $200 …

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Three Rivers DDA launches new program

The Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority/Main Street program plans to launch its inaugural “100 Friends of Downtown Three Rivers” campaign in February. The campaign is designed to hit on three of the four goals of the DDA/Main Street program: Building Relationships, Communication, and Education and Awareness, according to Brian Persky, Three Rivers DDA/Main Street executive director. All new members of …

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