Jacksonville Main Street’s recipe for success

Jacksonville Main Street served up “A Winning Recipe” for success in downtown revitalization at its 2015 Annual Meeting at Hamilton’s 110 North East on February 24, 2016. Over 80 community members and volunteers gathered at the dinner to review the accomplishments of Jacksonville Main Street during 2015.

Attendees elected Sharon Mather as a new member to the Board of Directors for a 3-year term, re-elected Gina Hamilton for a 3-year term, and chose John Power to fill a 1-year vacancy. Jacksonville Main Street officers were also unanimously elected for 1-year terms: President – Tom Winner; Vice President – Kristan Becker Hoffman; Treasurer/Past President – Joy French Becker; Secretary – Gina Hamilton; and Member-at-Large – John Power. Retiring board member Nick Xamis was thanked for his years of service.

2015 Board President Tom Winner led with an invocation, followed by key note speaker, retiring JREDC President Terry Denison, who highlighted Jacksonville Main Street’s impact on the community’s economic development.

Executive Director Judy Tighe recapped Jacksonville Main Street’s accomplishments and downtown reinvestment to date and 2015 activities, including work on a Business Incubator Feasibility Study, Farmers Market Promotion and Marketing Grant. Event Coordinator Kristen Jenkins reviewed downtown promotions for the last year and the 2016 schedule of events, as well as the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Concert Series.

Committee chairs were thanked for their service: Organization Committee – Kristan Becker Hoffman; Design Committee – Carol Carl; Economic Restructuring Committee – Anthony Stephens and Deea Meek; and Promotion Committee – Trina Meek.

Executive Director Judy Tighe announced Jacksonville Main Street’s 2015 White Elephant Award winners, Sean and Deea Meek for their work thus far on the Hockenhull Buildings and the East Court Street courtyard area. She also announced the 2015 Business of the Year recipient, WLDS-WEAI Radio. After originally starting downtown, Jacksonville’s long-time AM-FM broadcaster has remained a loyal supporter of Jacksonville Main Street activities.

Judy also announced the 2015 Kristan Becker Hoffman Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Melissa Zoerner. Melissa has been a regular volunteer at many downtown events over the years, especially Jacksonville Main Street’s Downtown Celebration, Art Fair on the Square/Craft Brew Fest, and Pumpkin Festival, as well as other community happenings. She is also a Promotion Committee members and on the planning committee for the Levitt AMP Concert Series.

Jess Spradlin conducted the Reverse Auction, which raised over $9,000 in sponsorships for upcoming projects like memorial tree planting, hanging flower baskets, banners, concerts, and a Ferris wheel bench.

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