About 40 people attended a re-building Main Street planning session March 12 at the Sherman House.
“This is the first step in revitalizing the Main Street program in Batesville, which began about three years ago,” noted Mayor Rick Fledderman.
The organization’s members had a lot of momentum at the time, but since then, the effort has struggled to keep going, he said.
“Sarah Lamping was brought on to help with community development for the city, and she’s working closely with the chamber of commerce. We’re partnering together to help make the community better. I think we all have the same goals. We all want to make Batesville better.
“One of the main reasons to bring this to the community is to have an organization to focus on downtown. If we don’t have a vibrant downtown, I just don’t think it sends a great message for the rest of the community .... I know we have a lot of accomplish.
“The facade grants were a result of us being a Main Street community, and they made quite an impact on downtown .... (The group) was heavily involved in the whole downtown project of the two-way street and landscaping. They sponsored the tree lighting” in December to start the holiday season and “partnered with the chamber on Summerfest.
“I’ll support this (group) in any way possible, but I’d like to have another voice and other opinions coming in” about what needs to be done. “Sarah will lead the organizational things behind the scenes,” he revealed.
Lamping announced that Indiana Main Street groups are successful because of “passion, partnerships, plans and perseverance.”
The mayor pointed out, “We need people who are passionate and want to revitalize .... We have partnerships between the city and the chamber, and we also partner with the hospital, schools and the YMCA.