Well good morning my Fort Payne family, friends and tourists to Fort Payne Main Street. Welcome to 2019. I have to tell you that 2018 was fast and productive for Fort Payne Main Street. We optimistically feel the upcoming year will see even more upward advances in growth in our historic downtown area. I am so looking forward to economic growth, development and new buildings that look historic going up and our historic buildings being refurbished with opportunities for new businesses coming in to reawaken our downtown.
I can personally tell you that one of the new businesses that we attracted downtown took about a year to help find them a home in Fort Payne Main Street. We are hitting the ground running down at Fort Payne Main Street. Our number one goal is to push and promote our existing downtown business owners and to make our already beautiful town better.
We want to pull in new shops, eating and music venues, etc. This is the lifeblood of our downtown and the legacy of Fort Payne, so shop local, eat local and live local. This makes us a stronger community from all aspects, family, financially and passing down the love of small town entrepreneurship that is the backbone of capitalism and the American dream with which God blessed the United States. These opportunities are open to all regardless of one’s background. I am here to tell you, my Fort Payne family the American dream is alive and well. Do not let anyone tell you that it is not. I did not say it was easy I said it was alive, there are always obstacles and risks involved in anything worth doing. This is one of the reasons Fort Payne Main Street is here and that is to help anybody who wants to get started in business downtown. We are here for you and will help in any way we can to get you started off in the proper direction. We have many resources to help any new start-up. We can help get you information and other needed materials to help your dreams turn into reality.
Fort Payne Main Street is all about the historic preservation and restoration of our downtown. We will be starting a membership campaign very soon so be on the lookout for that and how you can help Fort Payne become the best it can be.