What a great experience showing off our Howell Downtown to our visitors from Wyoming. They all loved our town and it just reiterated all the wonderful things we have going on in our downtown that we sometimes take for granted!
Here is the article from the Daily Press & Argus written by Wayne Peal:
A group headed for this week’s National Main Streets Conference in Detroit took a detour Saturday to visit downtown Howell.
More than 50 visitors from Wyoming were given a local tour by volunteers from the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
“They really seemed to like the historic and even artistic nature of downtown,” DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly said. “This was their first choice for a place to visit, and they really seemed to like the type of downtown shopping opportunities we have.”
After their tour, and some shopping, the visitors were treated to lunch, catered by Diamonds Steak & Seafood, at the Heart of Howell building.
The national conference began Sunday and runs through Wednesday. It is expected to bring more than 1,200 people to Detroit to discuss the future of downtowns both large and small.
The conference involves discussion of preservation projects conducted through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center.
The center works with 2,000 communities nationwide, including Howell as well as Detroit.
Last year, Howell received a strategic planning grant through the national center. The grant is being used to market downtown businesses throughout southeastern Michigan.
Organizers were especially enthusiastic about the potential for Detroit’s revival.
“After I visited Detroit last May, I told my husband, ‘There’s a really cool energy in Detroit,’ ” Patrice Frey, Main Street Center president and CEO, told The Associated Press. “It feels like the next big thing.”
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Wayne Peal at 517-548-7081 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.