Charlotte was recently announced as part of the Select Level of Michigan Main Street. As a Michigan Main Street community, Charlotte will receive five years of technical assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with a focus on revitalization strategies focused on the downtown area.

One of the first steps as a Select Level community is a baseline assessment conducted by local and national Michigan Main Street staff, which includes a “Community Report of Findings” and a vision and strategy session that encourages community member participation. The public forum is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 at Windwalker Underground Gallery, located at 125 South Cochran Avenue in downtown Charlotte.

During the forum, the Michigan Main Street team will share findings from community input gathered through surveys and meetings with local stakeholders, as well as from recent market research. Discussions will focus on potential transformation strategies.

“This session offers a unique opportunity to bring together all sectors of the community to hear findings and provide additional insight about downtown Charlotte’s current conditions, assets and opportunities,” said Laura Krizov, Michigan Main Street manager.

Charlotte has been a member at the Associate Level of Michigan Main Street for approximately one year, and is also one of 10 Michigan municipalities chosen to be part of Project Rising Tide, an initiative of Gov. Rick Snyder that provides at-risk communities with the tools needed to design and build a successful economic framework.

“We are, and have been, working hard to make our hometown an even better place to work, play and live,” said Joseph Pray, CharlotteRising board chair. “Now, with the support of our community and these new resources, we are one step closer to unleashing Charlotte’s full potential. We hope to see many of our supporters at the upcoming public forum.”

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