Main Street Momentum
Change comes in steps. The effort to affect changes in downtown Hanover will take another on Friday, Nov. 2 when the Hanover Chamber hosts the “Dedication to Launch Main Street Hanover.”
The paper had a story a few weeks back about the possibility of Hanover joining the Main Street program. Looks like this is actually happening.
From 4 to 6 p.m. that day, the Chamber will host a speaker, provide information about “Hanover’s revitalization effort from the Community Visioning process” and offer a walking tour of downtown. The speaker is Storm Cunningham, CEO of a company focused on community revitalization. Info about his talk is on the Chamber’s site with a little info on the rest of the event there too.
Personally, I really like taking the Main Street approach. I understand borough funding can’t accomplish everything, but I like the partnership between the business community, citizens and the government, Mayor Ben Adams will read a proclamation at the event so it’s pretty clear the borough is on board. I’m of the mind that the borough needs to, at the very least, dip its toe into the economic development waters, so this will hopefully be a good start.
When the prior Main Street initiative took place in the mid-1990s, I was covering the borough for the paper. I thought the project did some good back then without the kind of community momentum which has developed over the past few months.
Larger, better-defined projects exist now. The county doesn’t seem to treat Hanover as such a big pariah as it did 15-20 years ago. More towns within driving distance have provided inspiration for changes in our town. The time is right.