This weekend on Inside Texoma, Ashley Fitzwater takes a look at the Main Street Electra Program. We spoke with the programs director who told us downtown Electra is open for business.
Jannis Hayers is the Director of Main Street Electra. She said, "Our biggest challenge I think going forward is to find business people who are willing to invest in downtown and we look forward to having some success in that."
The program is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and is comprised of more than 80 communities across the state. The initiative aims to revitalize downtown areas in small and large Texas communities. According to the Main Street Texas Web site, as of 2008, the program had created almost 25,000 jobs.
Other local communities involved in the Main Street Program include Vernon, Bowie and Decatur. Hayers said membership has its advantages. "We've been able to qualify for some grant funds that are available only to Main Street cities and through those Texas capitol fund grants we have done 3 sidewalk projects downtown."
Funding for the projects comes from donations, incentive programs, and now, the city of Electra.
Hayers said, "The city now has a downtown building preservation grant that will help a building owner who applies and is successful in reworking a building and saving a downtown commercial building in the historical district."
Be sure to tune in to Inside Texoma this Sunday at 5:30 AM to hear more from Electra City officials.