PHOTO VIA MILK DISTRICT FACEBOOK PAGE
According to Pauline Eaton, Orlando’s Main Street Coordinator, two neighborhood groups are taking the first steps in joining the official Main Street roster; Conway/Curry Ford and the Milk District.
The Milk District (Facebook) has almost raised the $10,000 in funds needed to be considered eligible to sign up for the City’s matching fund arrangement (a sliding scale of $50,000 to $0 over a certain number of years) for the past few years. Their branding is on point, and they generally have the support of most of the businesses in their area. They’ve been hosting a successful weekly series of food truck events called Tasty Tuesdays to help raise the funds.
The Conway/Curry Ford group is being organized by a handful of local businesses (spearheaded by Edna Trimble of TRU Management Group and Rogue Pub) curious as to whether or not participating in an official City program could help improve their district.
According to the City’s Public Information office, no one has submitted any type of formal application at this time, but Eaton has met with both groups mentioned above and provided information on the program and how it works.
To date there are nine official Main Street Districts (which includes our friends over at the Orlando Tech Association). Since the program began, only one Main Street has been dissolved and that was the Parramore program, which was disbanded after only a few months of being in operation. City Hall declared that Parramore wasn’t ready for a Main Street program, since at the time the Amway Center was still under construction. Click HERE to see a great report by the Orlando Weekly that looked more into the issue.
The Milk District will be hosting an information meeting on July 13 at the Plaza Live about joining the program. More information on that HERE.
Editor’s Note: According to Eaton, despite the rise in interest, the Main Street program has “no ability to take on more districts, financially speaking” at the moment. Which means, unless the City makes some changes to the budget in the new fiscal year, which begins in August, there are no plans to take on any more districts at the moment.