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Super Town of Albion Revitalization Team

Meet the Albion S.T.A.R. Team

The Super Town of Albion Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) Team is a volunteer lead affiliate organization of the Courthouse Square Preservation Society, Inc.The S.T.A.R.

Team envisions using a proven program called Main Street to revitalize Albion’s downtown. The Main Street program, established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was established in 1977 and is operated by the National Main Street Center. The Main Street program emphasizes a four-point strategy to be implemented by the S.T.A.R. Team–Organization, Promotion, Design/Projects, and Economic Development. Main Street program techniques will be used for: 1.) organizing a team of businesses, property owners, bankers, citizens, public officials, and chambers of commerce; 2.) working together on projects and activities to promote historic preservation and downtown beautification; and 3.) influencing the downtown economic climate.

The S.T.A.R. Team has monthly committee meetings held at the Noble County Public Library Central. S.T.A.R. Team sub-committees meet when necessary to conduct committee business.

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S.T.A.R. Team Sub-committees

The Super Town of Albion Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) Team is made up of the following four sub-committees.

Organization Sub-committee

This group is involved with gathering volunteers from the community’s public and private entities to work together for the renewal of the downtown. This group helps with building the foundation of a board with its structure of sub-committees. A strong organization provides the stability to build and maintain a long-term effort.

This sub-committee is also responsible for introducing the community to the S.T.A.R. Team, raising funds for supporting the revitalization effort, volunteer outreach, and maintaining a web presence for communicating S.T.A.R. Team activities with the community.

Steven Hook, Chair | shook@nobleco.org | 1-260-409-0967

Promotion Sub-committee

This group is involved with the selling of the unique characteristics and possibilities of downtown through marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. This group looks for projects to enforce a positive image of the downtown area to shoppers, visitors, and investors of both new and existing businesses.

This sub-committee is also responsible for planning First Friday events–held on the first Friday of every month from May through October, planning special events, and image campaigns.

Mary Ann Troutner, Chair | troutners4@frontier.com | 1-260-564-0341

Design Sub-committee

This group focuses on projects that will bring beautification and historic preservation to the structures and environment of downtown. Their goal is to provide an inviting atmosphere by enhancing downtown’s best assets while adding new features.

This sub-committee is also responsible for a Building Inventory–identify those structures requiring immediate attention, assistance with Facade Projects, and other beautification projects such as a proposed lighting of the Courthouse Bell Tower.

Matt Young, Chair | myoung@leathermanconst.com

Economic Restructuring Sub-committee

This group seeks ways to grow existing downtown businesses while finding ways to turn empty space into productive property.

This sub-committee is responsible for Facade Improvement projects–choose one business and implement a plan to improve it’s facade, providing Market Analysis Market Workshops for local businesses, and for keeping contact with local businesses.

Stefen Wynn, Chair | albionmanager@frontier.com

S.T.A.R. Team Goals

The S.T.A.R. Team’s vision is to revitalize Albion’s downtown square to be a community meeting place and a commercial center. We hope to do this with four primary focuses:

- rallying and equipping volunteers
- grant writing/finding assistance
- beautification teams
- event hosting

Volunteer Help

Volunteers are being sought from many diverse areas–businesses, property owners, bankers, citizens, public officials, and those participating with the chambers of commerce. Quoting Beth Shellman, Albion’s Town Manger and S.T.A.R. Team co-chair:

“It will take the volunteers on the S.T.A.R. Team, town officials and the Albion community to pull together to make this happen.”

In order to see the plans of a revitalized downtown square become a reality, we need your help. Please consider becoming a part of the solution. Everyone’s input and assistance is welcomed.

Grants...Grant Writing, Grant Finding

Is your business in need of financing for improvements? Let the S.T.A.R. Team assist your business with grants. The S.T.A.R. Team can help your business gather the necessary resources for funding building enhancement projects, such as facade improvements.See what financial, architectural, and free local volunteer labor assistance is available locally in the community your business calls home. Information is only a click away. Contact a S.T.A.R. Team Officer to learn more.

Beautification Teams

The S.T.A.R. Team has a vision of a clean and attractive downtown–inviting and attractive. Often out-of-site and forgotten, back allies can become neglected and unsightly. One way to preserve aesthetic beauty is to clean up our downtown allies. This task can be achieved by forming groups of volunteers to address the appearance of our allies. These groups, referred to as “Alley Allies” or the “Back-Lot-Brigade,” are being assembled to form cleaning crews for inspecting local allies. Their task is to remove unsightly debris and weeds. These groups will be one facet in the multi-faceted effort to maintain the downtown’s appearance Consider volunteering for one of these groups by contacting a S.T.A.R. Team Officer.

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