I know — enough with the Main Street posts for crying-out-loud — but honestly they shared some great information with City Council last week and I feel like I need to get it out there. So I promise, this will be the last of my Main Street commentary for at least this week. Before you hit the delete button on this post I’d say give it a minute to read about some of the new events and happenings that Main Street is planning for this year, including an expanded version of the Wine, Cheese and Art Festival in June featuring more local wineries and for the first time you can buy the whole bottle (or jug if that’s more your style) of your favorite wine not just a glass. How’s that for new and improved. But wait, there’s more.
One of my favorites is planned for August 1st. It will be Kent’s first annual Black Squirrel Adventure Triathlon that will test the mettle of local athletes against the Cuyahoga River and the hills of the Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Kent. This 2-3 hour race will start and end in downtown Kent and Main Street is throwing a party in it’s honor. With food and live music this event has something for everyone. I’ve already started training.
But Main Street isn’t just about events, it’s about sustainable economic vitality, and the work program reflects a comprehensive approach to reinvigorating downtown Kent. Mr. Burbick is leading the pack with his Phoenix Project but the Main Street work program is designed to make sure it doesn’t end there. From new web based commerce to re-branding and cigarette clean up, Main Street’s work program seems to leave no stone unturned in their effort to push the economic reset button in Kent.