Who is Howell Main Street?
Howell Main Street Inc. is a unique blend of business and property owners, community leaders, entrepreneurs, residents, and visitors, all personally engaged in working together to support downtown Howell. Our grass roots, volunteer-led non-profit organization blends innovation and creative approaches to positively position and grow our downtown through quality events, projects, preservation, and programming. We are a community celebrating our past while looking toward our future, building passion and pride for downtown Howell.
Howell Main Street Inc. is a volunteer-led organization focused on creating a vibrant, strong, and economically viable downtown.
Our mission is accomplished by using the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ to further our commitment to historic preservation, creating quality programming and events, and promoting downtown Howell as the heart and hub of the community.
Downtown Howell has become a true destination for residents and visitors who seek quality retail shops, excellent restaurants, and lively evening entertainment-all housed in our charming historic buildings. We are continually making improvements to our downtown streetscape and green spaces and encouraging property owners to restore as well as rehabilitate their properties in our National Registered Historic District. We manage our downtown so that it is thriving. Throughout our downtown you will find vibrant seasonal displays, attractive sidewalk cafes, an exceptional seasonal farmers market, new bike lanes, and artist-designed bike racks.
Howell Main Street Inc. produces year-round promotional events, keeping our sidewalks and parking lots full of shoppers and diners. Without the work of hundreds of tireless volunteers, none of what we accomplished in the last 5 years would have been possible.
5 Year Strategic Plan
• Manage and expand the downtown business mix by retaining existing retail, restaurant, and entertainment and service businesses and help them expand and actively recruit complimentary new businesses, to expand our nightlife and restaurant niches.
• Make the downtown business district thrive by offering year-round events and activities that our residents and visitors truly want.
• Promote our built heritage and continue to foster restoration, revitalization, beautification and celebration of our downtown streetscape, green spaces, and historic buildings.
These strategic goals serve as the bridge to the new vision for the future of the heart of downtown Howell. All of the short and longer-term projects, individually and collectively, move our organization towards making this vision into a reality!