Since you are reading this, you have probably already discovered New Carlisle. But, now we want you to really Discover New Carlisle – our local Indiana Main Street organization, that is!
Indiana Main Street is Indiana’s coordinating program affiliated with the National Main Street Center. It is sponsored and funded through OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) and focuses on a 4-point approach for building healthy communities through economic development: Promotion, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Design.
After the economic downturn in 2008, there was increased concern by local business owners and citizens regarding decreased commerce and businesses closing. This was coupled with a desire to find out what programs existed for strengthening commerce and tourism.
In 2011, Town Council member Dana Groves proposed that the Town consider facilitating the creation of an Indiana Main Street chapter. The Town agreed and partnered with the New Carlisle Business and Community Association to form an exploratory committee consisting of Councilman Dana Groves, Councilman Ron Colpitts, Henry Timm (business owner, Phantom Technology), and Cindy Miller (Miller’s Home Café).
The group attended the Main Street Conference in Noblesville, IN to learn the benefits of becoming an official Indiana Main Street organization. As a result, the group decided that creating a local chapter of Indiana Main Street would be a worthwhile way to promote New Carlisle and encourage commerce and tourism.
The original exploratory committee, along with other gracious volunteers, set about with the task of forming a New Carlisle Main Street organization. The name, Discover New Carlisle, was adopted and the New Carlisle Town Council agreed to fund the $12,500.00 seed money needed to form the organization.
In 2012, Discover New Carlisle established itself as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and on February 25th, 2013 OCRA officially recognized Discover New Carlisle as an official Indiana Main Street Community.
Since its inception, Discover New Carlisle has strived to be self-funded by hosting various fund-raisers such as the ever-popular Beer and Wine Walk. Discover NC is also now sponsoring Christmas in New Carlisle and the Taste of New Carlisle (the Taste was cancelled this year, but will return next year).
Discover NC also created and widely distributed informative town brochures which highlight our lovely town and businesses. A very successful advertisement campaign featuring television commercials about New Carlisle was created through joint funding from Discover NC, the Town of New Carlisle and Lawson Fisher Engineering. In addition, way-finding signs, recycling containers and benches have also been installed thanks to the efforts of Discover New Carlisle. We have been busy!
Discover NC is currently working on a Façade Grant Program which would enable business owners to receive monetary grants to be used toward the improvement of their business storefront.
You will be hearing more on that in the future! Also in the works is a business mentoring program for new and existing business owners. This would be facilitated through the SBA SCORE program and local business leaders.
We are always looking for support and input through new members! We meet the second Monday of each month at 5:30 upstairs at Moser’s Restaurant and all are welcome.
If you have any questions or would like to offer input, please contact our current president, John Borkowski; firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Aurenz at Yarn and More, 574-654-3300; email@example.com.
Please remember, it takes a village to keep our village strong!!