Main Street Orion
Is An Illinois Main Street Community
THE "MAIN STREET" APPROACH
The Four-Point Approach of the Main Street Program
is a comprehensive revitalization program made up
of four components. Each of these components is
addressed by a committee, which works as a team to
improve and maintain the climate of the downtown area,
as well as the Village of Orion in general.
By working to recruit and retain a large pool of volunteers,
the Organization Committee ensures that Main Street Orion
remains strong. They are also responsible for raising money
to fund projects and maintain a Main Street office.
The goal of the Promotion Committee is to keep Orion a place
where people are eager to live, play, work, and shop. This
committe creates retail promotions, special events and works to
create a positive image of the business district that will bring
people into the downtown area to shop and socialize.
BAND SHELL ENTERTAINMENT
This committee is a branch of the Promotion Committee. The
Band Shell Entertainment Committee's purpose is to provide
quality entertainment for the residents and guests of Orion.
Most concerts and movies take place in Central Park's
historic Band Shell throughout the summer with rain
locations reserved elsewhere in Orion.
The Economic Restructuring Committee works to strengthen
existing businesses and recruit new ones by providing information
and research, identifying opportunities for market growth
and developing financial incentives for building rehabilitation
and business development. This committee designed the
Cooperative Interest Buydown Program (CIBP) which assists
business owners with lower interest business loans in
cooperation with BankORION, the Village of Orion
and Main Street Orion.
The Design Committee enhances the "streetscape" or physical appearance of the downtown by making or encouraging
improvements to buildings, window displays, signage, sidewalks
and all other elements that convey a visual message about what
the area has to offer. The Design Committee volunteers organize clean up days throughout Orion as needed. They also
provide qualified business owners with the opportunity to
apply for a Facade Improvement Grant when remodeling
or erecting their business structure.