Citywalk News for March

As we continue to discuss Main Street and the important role it plays in developing a strong, resilient downtown, we are going to focus on the “Organization” this month. Organization involves building a governing framework that includes a diverse representation. Including all stakeholders, business and property owners, bankers, citizens, historians, public officials, chambers of commerce, and other preservation organizations, to meet the needs of the community and form a well-rounded Main Street. Everyone must work together in a long-term effort to renew downtown and maintain its stability into the future. The organization committee also trains and develops leaders for the community’s revitalization effort. Activities of a start-up Organization Committee begin with creating a not-for-profit organization, establishing priorities through comprehensive work plans, providing the organization with sustainable sources of revenue, and volunteer development.


Ferguson Main Street board members have completed the non-profit paperwork, bylaws and recently spent several hours developing their strategic plan for the next three years. We are working on developing a volunteer handbook and focusing on new revenue streams.


The Main Street Board has decided to focus on the Airport Road area in the business district. Several meetings have been held and several more planned to meet with business owners and prioritize their needs. The Main Street Director will present these findings to FSBD in a meeting next week and together we will begin to set a plan.


Recently, our Ferguson Main Street Director finished up a three-course program, “Funding Revitalization”. The classes discuss recruiting board members, committee leads and funding your organization. It was an in-depth look at who you need to involve, what it takes to be successful, and how to fund your organization to last for years. The information will be presented to the FSBD Board at the next meeting.


The Ferguson Main Street (FMS) Organization Committee is looking for merchants and property owners, residents, media, civic groups, accountants and legal professionals. The FMS Design Committee is a great fit for architects, real estate professionals, planners, designers, history buffs, and artist. The FMS Promotion Committee: is a great fit for marketing and tourism pros, downtown merchants and students; while the FMS Economic Vitality Committee is great for merchants, development pros, consumers, business students. For more information on Ferguson Main Street, contact marveena@fergusonmainstreet.org.


FSBD business owners have a standing invitation to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. FSBD meets at Baked Wood-Fire Pizza, 235 S. Florissant Rd. For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or marveenamiller@hotmail.com.


FSBD would like to welcome new Board President, Carita Douglas.


FSBD currently has an opening for the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board. The board is set up to promote the Central Business District of Ferguson to the public. For more information, please contact Marveena Miller at 314-324-4298 or marveenamiller@hotmail.com.

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