What is Main Street Kent?
Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Kent. Main Street Kent is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program. The City of Kent, Kent State University, local businesses, and community members support Main Street Kent. Main Street Kent has 17 board members and many volunteers working to improve downtown Kent. Since Main Street Kent's formation in 2006, numerous new businesses have opened in downtown Kent, and a hundreds of new full-time jobs and part-time jobs have been created. For every dollar Main Street Kent spends, $27 is returned in private investment.
Main Street Kent's Mission
Main Street Kent's mission is to utilize the resources and unique qualities of Kent to broaden and strengthen the economic base of the central business district, preserve the historic integrity of landmarks and buildings, sustain and enhance arts and cultural resources, support existing business, invite new business, and forge positive, lasting relationships among Kent State University, city government, businesses and the community.
Our 4-point Approach
Main Street Kent consists of four committees that Kent community members lead. Each committee has a specific function, in order to best help downtown Kent.
Build partnerships and combine the talents and resources of diverse groups, such as merchants, educators, public officials and civic organizations, to grow and enhance downtown.
Enrich the aesthetics of the community through the thoughtful design and regulation of building and storefronts, signs, landscaping, window displays, etc.
Shape and strengthen the community's image so that downtown Kent becomes an inviting, exciting place for residents, KSU students or faculty, visitors and investors, which will also improves businesses' sales.
4. Business Enhancement
Strengthen the existing economic assets of the business district while diversifying its economic base through the:
-Recruitment of new businesses to provide a more balanced retail mix
-Conversion of vacant buildings into housing, offices or entertainment or cultural facilities
-Sharpening of the competitive spirit of traditional merchants