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Citizens Bank Foundation gives $15g to help Rochester small businesses
Thursday, July 7, 2011
ROCHESTER — Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded $15,000 to support small business development efforts in Rochester. Funding is directed to Rochester Main Street and the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. The grants provide resources for small business counseling and education, and to strengthen and increase awareness of downtown businesses.
"Supporting efforts to bolster economic development is a priority for our foundation," said Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. "These grants will provide tools and resources to help local businesses grow and thrive in Rochester."
A $10,000 grant is awarded to the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to support in-depth management assistance by a certified business advisor to approximately 60 Rochester-area businesses. The SBDC provides expertise on a wide variety of business topics ranging from business management and financial analysis to access to capital and loan packaging.
"We are very grateful to the Citizens Bank Foundation for these funds to assist Rochester-area businesses," said Mary Collins, state director of the New Hampshire SBDC. "By working directly with business owners to help them build profitable and sustainable businesses, we can create jobs and ensure the future vitality of our economy."
A $5,000 grant is awarded to the Rochester Main Street Program to stimulate activity in the downtown retail district. The funds will support educational activities for downtown business owners including a series of twelve webinars and a special seminar to be held in August featuring Rich Segel, a nationally-known retail expert. Additionally, the grant supports the weekly Factory Court Brown Bag Concert series which increases foot traffic in the downtown area and promotes diversity of local businesses.
"We want to encourage the exchange of ideas to strengthen existing service, retail, and dining establishments," said Michael Provost, executive director of Rochester's Main Street Program. "The Citizens Bank Foundation grant will enable us to further improve the perception and image of downtown, and encourage businesses to work together and promote investment."
The New Hampshire SBDC is an outreach program of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and a cooperative venture of the Small Business Administration, the State of NH (DRED), the University of New Hampshire, and the private sector. In fiscal year 2010, the impact of the Seacoast Small Business Development Center included creating or saving nearly 500 jobs for 275 new businesses, and nearly $14.3 million in capital formation (loans and equity), based on figures reported by the SBA. Rochester Main Street is an active nationally certified Main Street Program that promotes and serves all downtown businesses to foster increased economic development and appreciation for its diverse retail, dining, business and arts establishments.
Citizens Bank Foundation is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Bank. The foundation's support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs. Citizens' Web site is citizensbank.com
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Lilac City wins Profile Award for historic preservation
By DANIELLE CURTIS
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
ROCHESTER— The Lilac City was recognized Sunday at the Profile Awards in Franconia for its work to preserve its historic culture while attracting new commercial and residential development.
The awards, which have been given out annually since 2003 by the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, recognize an individual, organization, and municipality for their work in preserving the resources and character of New Hampshire in the spirit of the state's icon.
The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund is a private, nonprofit organization that works to provide a lasting legacy for the Old Man of the Mountain, through a new monument at Profile Plaza and presentations across the state.
According to Dick Hamilton, president of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, Rochester was selected as the winning community due to its work to rebuild itself and its dedication to the preservation of the city's historic areas.
"We were quite enthralled with the city's reputation," Hamilton said Monday. "They have done an exemplary job in meeting the criteria of the award."
Part of this criteria, Hamilton said, is that the municipality demonstrate the spirit of the Old Man, a spirit that Hamilton described as one of community, community service, and being a part of the state of New Hampshire.
This award "recognizes the importance of Rochester to the whole state," Hamilton said. "It was a very easy decision."
Hamilton said the work the city has done to refurbish itself and the hard work done by various communities and the city itself to do so was worthy of the award.
According to a press release from the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, Union Leader Corp. President Joseph McQuaid, who serves on the Profile Awards' selection committee of the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, also spoke highly of the city at the award ceremony.
"Rochester residents have a strong sense of volunteerism, supporting causes that make the city a livable and friendly place," McQuaid said. "Keep a watch on Rochester. It is a special community with a bold vision for its future."
Mayor T.J. Jean, along with several other Rochester residents and employees, was on hand to accept the award and said he is honored to say Rochester is a prize-winning city.
"It feels wonderful," Jean said Monday. "I'm most pleased for the volunteers of the city of Rochester who put so much time and effort to see that the city improves ¿ this award goes directly to them."
Jean said that while he was surprised to hear Rochester had been nominated for the Profile Award, he thinks the city deserves it.
"If you look at the city of Rochester, what is shown is that we work best when we work together," Jean said. "Between the Rochester Opera House and Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Main Street, we have several hundreds of volunteers that have put in many hours of work to help the community."
Jean said that he believes historic preservation projects, like the restoration of the Parson Main statue downtown and the ongoing restoration projects at the Rochester Opera House, helped the city win the award and that he has high hopes for the city's future.
"I really hope this is the first of many recognitions," Jean said. "I hope this is the beginning of great things for the city of Rochester."
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Rochester Named a Finalist in 2011 Community Challenge
Published Jun 7, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Jun 6, 2011)
• Volunteers at the recent Rochester Pride Downtown Clean Up Day take time out to pose for an entry photo in the "This Place Matters" contest to become one of 100 communities nationally in the 2011 Community Challenge Program. Winners may receive $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 in grant funds to help in local preservation based activities. To help out, go online at www.preservationnation.org and look for Rochester Main Street under "This Place Matters"-2011 Community Challenge. Voting is only open from June 1st through the 27th, 2011.
Volunteers at Rochester Main Street joined thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this past May. “Celebrating America’s Treasures” was the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As part of the celebration, volunteers at Rochester Pride, Downtown Clean Up Day, took time out to pose for a “This Place Matters” photo shoot to tell the story of Central Square and the Statue of Parson Main. The photo was then submitted as an entry into the annual “This Place Matters” contest for entry into a national campaign for grant funds for local historic preservation activities. Design Committee Volunteers at Rochester Main Street are pleased to announce that they have been selected as one of 100 communities nationally to participate in the 2011 Community Challenge underwritten by Fireman’s Fund Insurance. At stake is a first place grant of $25,000 for local preservation activities. Second and third place finishes are $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Rochester Main Street volunteers ask that you support them by going on-line at http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/places/rochester-main-street.html, and then register to vote for Rochester. You may only vote once between June 1st and June 27th, so please, ask all of your business associates, friends and relatives to support us!
Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
Here in Rochester Preservation Month 2011 was observed by the planting of perennial gardens at the historic marker for the North Main Street Bridge and at the Strafford County Courthouse Market at the corner of Columbus Avenue and South Main Street, along with the restoration work on the Statue of Parson Main. We ask all of our friends to help us spread the word and vote for us!
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.
There is no charge to participate in voting, so please help support the volunteers at Rochester Main Street. For more information please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email email@example.com.
|Rochester Main Street to host 'Wine in the Gardens'|
Friday, May 27, 2011
ROCHESTER — Rochester Main Street volunteers will host a wine tasting featuring Rochester Main Street Wines on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the gardens at Studley Flower Gardens, sponsored by Laconia Savings Bank.
Tickets are $25 and guests will enjoy a sampling of six wines paired with hors d'oeuvres offerings from six local restaurants: The Portable Pantry, Dos Amigos Burritos, Windjammers, Fat Tony's Italian Grill, The Main Moon, Sweet Kuppin' Cakes and Spaulding Steak and Ale at The Governors Inn. While there those attending may enjoy the flowers and plantings at Studleys, and entertainment will be provided by a string quintet from the Strafford Wind Symphony.
Tickets are limited, so it is suggested that you reserve early and not be left out! All proceeds will benefit downtown Rochester Main Street projects! Wines include a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, pinot noir, and merlot. This promises to be a wonderful evening in downtown. Rochester Main Street Wines may be ordered online at www.benefitwines.com/ rochestermainstreet. A portion of the sale of each bottle will go to the work of the Rochester Main Street volunteers. Tickets are available at the Main Street Office, Jenny Wren Gallery, the Portable Pantry, Distinctive Forest Creations or at Studley Flower Gardens.
Excess parking is available in the rear parking lot next door at The Governor's Inn. For more information on the Wine Tasting or to volunteer, contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 330-3208 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Business Open House in RochesterThe Economic Restructuring Committee volunteers at Rochester Main Street and the Rochester Economic Development Commission have gathered a host of local civic and government agencies to be on hand to answer questions of prospective investors, entrepreneurs, and realtors at the Roberge Center on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am until 2 pm. Rochester Economic Development Commission, Code Enforcement, Fire Marshal, Planning Department, Historic District Commission, NH Small Business Development Center, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Main Street will be on hand to answer questions and talk about sign & façade grants of $1,000, low interest business loans, free training for businesses and employees, low cost cooperative advertising and special events throughout the year. Those attending will also receive a welcome bag with information on the businesses and local community. The volunteers have been working with the owners that have spaces that are available for sale, lease or rent. This event is intended for investors, brokers, agents, entrepreneurs, people who are interested in starting a business or considering expanding a business or moving to another location. Guests are asked to check in at the Roberge Center, located off Bridge Street, to receive maps of available spaces. Landlords, leasing agents or property owners will be on hand at the properties and have them properties open for inspection by the guests. There is no charge to participate, and free parking is available nearby at the Union Street and North Main Street Parking Lots or in the Fosters Parking Lot. For more information on the Open House or to sign up to participate, please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email email@example.com. The contact number the day of the event is 603-781-7116.
Information On Tap At Rochester Downtown Open House
The Economic Restructuring Committee volunteers at Rochester Main Street and the Rochester Economic Development Commission have gathered a host of local civic and government agencies to be on hand to answer questions of prospective investors, entrepreneurs, and realtors at the Roberge Center on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am until 2 pm. Rochester Economic Development Commission, Code Enforcement, Fire Marshal, Planning Department, Historic District Commission, NH Small Business Development Center, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Main Street will be on hand to answer questions and talk about sign & façade grants of $1,000, low interest business loans, free training for businesses and employees, low cost cooperative advertising and special events throughout the year. Those attending will also receive a welcome bag with information on the businesses and local community.
The volunteers have been working with the owners that have spaces that are available for sale, lease or rent. This event is intended for investors, brokers, agents, entrepreneurs, people who are interested in starting a business or considering expanding a business or moving to another location. Guests are asked to check in at the Roberge Center, located off Bridge Street, to receive maps of available spaces. Landlords, leasing agents or property owners will be on hand at the properties and have them properties open for inspection by the guests. There is no charge to participate, and free parking is available nearby at the Union Street and North Main Street Parking Lots or in the Fosters Parking Lot. For more information on the Open House or to sign up to participate, please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The contact number the day of the event is 603-781-7116.
Main Street Businesses to Discuss "Customer Service" at their monthly "Sidewalk Talk"
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Parson Main Receives $10,000 Grant Towards “Facelift”!
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|Why Shop Local?|
SHOPPING LOCAL-According to AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance) in 2010:
Their survey found that holiday sales for independent retailers were up an average of 2.2%. That contrasts with the U.S. Department of Commerce figures released today, which show that overall retail sales were down 0.3% in December and up 1.8% in November. The survey also found that independent retailers in cities with active "Buy Independent / Buy Local" or "Local First" campaigns reported stronger holiday sales than those in cities without such campaigns.Nearly 80% of those surveyed said public awareness of the value of choosing locally owned businesses had increased in the last year (16% said it had stayed the same).
Local businesses are superior generators of wealth for the community. Every dollar spent at one local business stays in town a little longer as profit for other local businesses. Local businesses that expand create jobs at all pay levels. Every dollar spent locally also furthers the possibility that some of our unique businesses will grow and perhaps expand out of our area, as some already have done bringing outside dollars into our communities.
Local businesses tend to give more to community causes and support local media. Many of the non-profit organizations that serve our communities are supported largely by local businesses, and our local radio stations, newspapers, and television stations are kept alive by local business advertisements.
Local business owners and employees often have more knowledge and expertise. The benefit of going to a local business for a product or service is that local businesses often specialize. This creates better customer service. Music-store owners know a great deal about music, trade businesses usually have expertise specific to the area when it comes to building or repairing structures, florists know flowers, and small hardware-store owners know tools. Sometimes it is better to pay a little more once for a quality product or service than twice for an inferior one.
Local businesses generally require less infrastructure investment. With a smaller footprint, local businesses tend to require less from our governments in the way of infrastructure services. This lowers both the initial and ongoing maintenance costs to taxpayers.
Local businesses usually have less of an environmental impact. Local businesses generally set up in the center of town or in existing commercial corridors. Local businesses often also buy locally produced products, services, and materials, cutting down on pollution caused by transporting goods around the world. Local manufacturing facilities and industries are also restricted by our laws as to the amount of environmental damage they can legally cause, and local business contracts keep some of these industries afloat.
Local businesses provide the most new jobs nationally, and new local businesses have the potential to create high-paying jobs in the form of business ownership. Local businesses can also collectively achieve a larger local economy by finding new small niches that are often missed by non-local businesses.
| Rochester Main Street volunteers and community members gathered in the Ballroom at The Governor’s Inn on Tuesday, February 23 to celebrate their accomplishments in 2009, thank volunteers and recognize local businesses for their contributions to downtown. Read more.|
Rochester Main Street Receives Promotion Donation
The volunteers of the Rochester Main Street Program are happy to announce the receipt of a large donation to use towards collectively promoting downtown and downtown businesses over the next few years. Local business owner Ralph DiBernardi of Jetpack Comics at 37 North Main Street has donated a First Edition, First Printing comic book of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to Rochester Main Street to help raise funds for the organization. On behalf of the Main Street Organization, Jetpack Comics placed the first edition on Ebay, with a reserve bid, where it was purchased by an undisclosed collector in the seacoast area. After the return period had expired, sales fees, insurance, and shipping and handling charges were deducted, Rochester Main Street received a check for $4,400. Since these funds were received from a promotional opportunity, it is intended that they will be utilized to help offset costs in promoting events and business opportunities in downtown. According to Rochester Main Street Executive Director Michael Provost “This is an excellent example of local businesses and the Main Street organization working together to promote the downtown through events and raising the funds the help promote those events.” Other downtown events include OctoberFest, Horribles Parade, the Jingle Bell Walk and new this year, coming up in June, the “Shoe Festival”.
Jetpack Comics and Rochester Main Street have partnered together for the past several years to participate in National Comic Book Day. Together with other participating downtown businesses, this event brings hundreds of people into the downtown to receive a free comic book, attend shows and demonstrations and attend an artist/dealers event (held at the Knights of Columbus hall). The 2010 Comic Book Day will be held on Saturday, May 1 and Rochester Main Street is already signing up businesses to participate. Deadline for sign ups is February 27 and a $50 deposit is required. To get more information or to sign up for Comic Book Day, please call the Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email email@example.com .
The Rochester Main Street Program is sponsored by the National Main Street Center at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. Rochester is one of only 14 New Hampshire Communities that have National Main Street Programs, the others being Berlin, Concord, Dover, Enfield, Hilsborough, Goffstown, Jaffrey, Laconia, Lisbon, Meredith, Milford, Ossipee, Plymouth, Tilton and Wilton. For more information on the Main Street Program, or to volunteer, donate, or make suggestions to the Rochester Main Street Program, please contact our office by calling 603-330-3208 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Rochester Main Street Recognizes Retiring Board Volunteers!|
Rochester Main Street volunteers wishes to recognize four members of the Board of Directors whose terms of office are expiring at the end of the year. Their leadership and dedication to the revitalization of downtown Rochester as a great place to work, shop, live and play has provided a total of at least 24 years of service to the community! Each retiring member receives a small plaque as a token of our appreciation, but we also wish to share with the public and thank them for all their efforts. Each of the members were actively involved in CORE (the Community Organization for Rochester Enhancement) which founded the Rochester Main Street Program and have served a three year term as a volunteer Board Member of Rochester Main Street.
Retiring Board Volunteers are: Gerry Gilbert, an employee of Spence and Matthews Insurance Company, who has not only served as Board Member, but also in the offices of President and Treasurer of Rochester Main Street. Gerry was also named the greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2009, and a Seacoast Red Cross Hero of the year for 2009. Brian Labranche, owner of Trinkets and Treasures, also served as a CORE volunteer and Board Member and I is looking forward continuing to serve the City of Rochester as he enters his new term as a City Council Member. Regretfully, the Board of Directors received a resignation letter from “TJ” Jean, an employee of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, who will be serving as Mayor of Rochester starting in January of 2010. ( The consensus of the Board is that TJ is welcome back on the Board to fulfill his term once his duties as Mayor are finished, just joking TJ!). Karen Pollard, Rochester’s Director of Economic Development, has worked with CORE and Rochester Main Street in her consistent efforts to bring businesses into the city. All of the leadership of these dedicated individuals will be missed, but they are all also just a call away and we are sure that they will continue to support the efforts of the hardworking volunteers at Rochester Main Street.
As of January 1, 2010, Tim Cremmen will become the immediate Past President of Rochester Main Street. In this position Tim continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the coming year. Tim’s leadership over the past year saw the installation of the new downtown wayfinding sign system, completion of Factory Court (Project Manager was Michael Deegan of Distinctive Forest Creations), introduction of two downtown events, OctoberFest and the Horrible’s Parade and the hiring of a new Executive Director. Tim was recognized with a plaque at the recent Holiday Business After Hours at the Rochester Opera House. The incoming president of Rochester Main Street is Capt. Paul Callaghan of the Rochester Police Department.
The Rochester Main Street Program is sponsored by the National Main Street Center at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. The Main Street Program is a volunteer driven downtown revitalization effort working together to make Rochester a destination and a source of pride. Rochester is one of only 14 New Hampshire Communities that have National Main Street Programs, the others being Berlin, Concord, Dover, Enfield, Hilsborough, Goffstown, Jaffrey, Laconia, Lisbon, Meredith, Milford, Ossipee, Plymouth, Tilton and Wilton. To sign up for our weekly email news bulletin, for more information on the Main Street Program, or to volunteer, donate, or make suggestions to the Rochester Main Street Program, please contact our office by calling 603-330-3208 or at email@example.com.
|Rochester Main Street Announces Holiday Window Contest Winners|
Design Committee volunteers at Rochester Main Street would like to thank all of the downtown businesses that decorated their windows in the spirit of the Holiday Season! The bright lights and displays help to bring people out to enjoy the festivities and encourage shopping locally in our downtown! This is the second year that the volunteers have sponsored a decorating contest and the competition was fierce, with the first and second place finishes coming in with only a one point difference in the scores. Windows were judged in the areas of theme, (Christmas Memories), construction, proportion, cleanliness, display of business/services offered, and invitation to enter. The displays were judged in both daylight and evening hours. The first through third place winners each received a colorful ribbon to display, and the first place winner also gets to display a roving trophy until next year’s contest.
Taking first place honors was The Phone Booth at 20 North Main Street, with their display of “staying in touch with those who matter most”. Distinctive Forest Creations next door at 22 North Main Street came in a close second with their display including forest animals and a miniature skating rink. The third place display sported Gollum in a Santa Cap and was awarded to Jetpack Comics at 37 North Main Street. Participating businesses registering for the contest were Mainely Pets at 71 North Main Street, Gauthier’s Palace of Party Supplies at 51A North Main Street, Mel Flanagan’s at 53 North Main Street and Jenny-wren Gallery at 107 North Main Street. Of special interest, although not registered are the square wreaths made with picture frames at artstream. We encourage residents to take a stroll downtown on a nice evening and enjoy the displays!
The Rochester Main Street Program is sponsored by the National Main Street Center at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. Rochester is one of only 14 New Hampshire Communities that have National Main Street Programs, the others being Berlin, Concord, Dover, Enfield, Hilsborough, Goffstown, Jaffrey, Laconia, Lisbon, Meredith, Milford, Ossipee, Plymouth, Tilton and Wilton. For more information on the Main Street Program, or to volunteer, donate, or make suggestions to the Rochester Main Street Program, please contact our office by calling 603-330-3208 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ROCHESTER CELEBRATES FACTORY COURT OPENING |
Mike Deegan, Rochester Main Street Volunteer and Project Coordinator for Factory Court is pleased to announce that the recent grand opening celebration at Rochester’s new downtown gathering spot was a tremendous success. “The city, volunteers, and building partners have done an absolutely incredible job in pulling together to bring this project to such a successful completion” says Deegan. All of that work and partnerships was celebrated at a gala grand opening event on Thursday, August 20th. Local band “Hopeless Folk” provided entertainment and guests sampled finger foods from local restaurants such as Fat Tony’s, Main Moon, Mel Flanagan’s, The Portable Pantry and Slim’s Tex- Mex. Rochester Main Street volunteers were on hand with complimentary water, soda, information and volunteer opportunities on upcoming projects. Rochester Main Street members, city officials, project workers, invited guests and the public mingled and enjoyed the beautiful summer evening.
Following a grand ribbon cutting by Mayor John LaRochelle, Mike Deegan took to the stage to hand out certificates to funders Federal Savings Bank and the City of Rochester, project worker Ea Casander and Lisa Clark, Property Abutter Kurt Jackson, Businesses Kerry McMahon of Salmon Falls Ironworks, David Meulenbroek of Studley’s, Art Nickless of Norway Plains Associates, Doug Knutsen of Viking Design, Architect Wes Flierl, and volunteers Matt Beaulieu, Tim Cremmen, Danielle Lyczak, Project Pride, Rodney Smith, and St. Elizabeth Seaton School. Michael also recognized the Events Committee of Rochester Main Street; Mandy Barstow, Jennie Stimac, TJ Jean, Tim Cremmen, and Susan Jackson- Rafter who worked to plan the opening celebration. Following the recognition ceremony, guests continued to linger and enjoy the balmy summer evening. Thank you to all of those who attended and helped to complete the project and make the evening a great success.
Factory Court marks the completion of another project for the Rochester Main Street volunteers as they complete their first round of investment funding and look towards strategic planning and a new investment campaign for future years. One of the ideas mentioned for the next project was a feasibility study of refurbishing the Amos Main Statue and square in the heart of downtown. The National Main Street Program is sponsored by the National Main Street Center at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. Rochester is one of only 14 New Hampshire Communities that have National Main Street Programs, the others being Berlin, Concord, Dover, Enfield, Hilsborough, Goffstown, Jaffrey, Laconia, Lisbon, Meredith, Milford, Ossipee, Plymouth, Tilton and Wilton. For more information on the Main Street Program, or to volunteer, donate, or make suggestions to the Rochester Main Street Program, please contact our office by calling 603-330-3208 or at email@example.com .
|PROVOST NAMED NEW MAIN STREET DIRECTOR|
The Board of Directors of Rochester Main Street is pleased to announce that Michael Provost has been named the new Executive Director. Provost, a “Certified Main Street Manager” as designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has ten years experience as a Main Street Executive Director and was named “Outstanding New Hampshire Main Street Manager” in 2002. He was also recognized as a “Star Performer” at the New Hampshire Main Street Center 10th Anniversary in 2006.
While Executive Director in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Provost lead the organization to semi-finalist status as a “Great American Main Street” program and to the program being named as the “outstanding New Hampshire Main Street Community in 2002. Most recently, Provost has been Director of the Dover Main Street Program and has helped lead them through several award winning events, fundraisers and historic reveals.
Commenting on the appointment of Provost, Rochester Main Street Board President Tim Cremmen said the Board was very pleased to have the opportunity to bring such an experienced Main Street Director on board. “With Mike’s experience, we’re confident he’ll help us bring the Program to the next level”.
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