As Brazil Main Street continues to organize, it's members took one more step towards being a driving force for revitalization in Brazil by establishing a roster of board members at the recent meeting.
Breathing a new purpose, a new financial life, into Brazil could fail without addressing all the details. Addressing these details is the goal of the new board members as they begin the planning and research necessary to bring about the changes needed to revitalize business and shopping opportunities.
Dale Loughmiller was elected President, Mayor Tom Arthur will be Vice President and Mike Hagemeyer will be Treasurer.
The office of Secretary is still open pending a nomination.
City engineer Brian Pohlar is the newly elected Vice President of the Design team. Pohlar's team will help design an overall look and feel of downtown Brazil that is unique to the community. This group will be involved with creating friendly and attractive streets, signs, buildings and store interiors to attract visitors and businesses to the town.
Vice President Mary I. Hendrickson is in charge of Promotion. Her team will organize a plan to keep investors, visitors and businesses coming to Brazil while reshaping the perception of downtown as a desired place of shopping and business activity for the community. This team will also design image campaigns and promotional activities for the Brazil's image.
Ted Parris is the Vice President of Organization. Parris will organize a team of people that will create a long-lasting downtown revitalization program and rally the community around the idea. This group will also be instrumental in generating cooperation from both the public and private sector to achieve large-scale visible downtown revitalization with long-range future goals.
Vice President Ed Gallatin will handle the team in charge of Economic Restructuring. Gallatin's team will target their efforts toward implementing Main Street's ultimate goal, creating a downtown that is economically viable. This team will research the local market and consumer shopping trends to determine a realistic picture of what type of businesses will work best for Brazil, and the community. Based on this research, Brazil Main Street can begin stabilizing existing local businesses and recruiting new businesses to come to the area.
The structuring of these teams continues, and people interested in participating in the Brazil Main Street's revitalization effort should attend the next meeting in the community room of the Riddle National Bank at 7 p.m. on Thursday,.