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MainStreet, city pact is under consideration

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As the city of Roswell prepares to discuss budget matters this week, a topic for elected officials’ consideration is the agreement with MainStreet Roswell and the state organization.

The city provides the local organization with a minimum of $40,000 each year, a requirement of the New Mexico Main Street organization if the local group is to remain accredited and receive the support of its organization, technical experts, training programs and funding opportunities.
MainStreet Roswell works to enhance and develop the downtown Main Street business corridor and surrounding areas. Some of its recent projects include the development of Reischman Park, the securing of grant money to improve the appearance of downtown stores and the coordination, often with other groups, of popular events such as the UFO Festival, Farmers’ Market and the Chile Cheese Festival.
The Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to consider a two-year memorandum of understanding among the city and the local and state group at its Monday meeting, 2 p.m., at City Hall. The agreement will need to receive the approval of the entire City Council to be official.
In addition to agreeing to provide the annual budgetary support, the city is also required to coordinate with the local group on plans to improve the infrastructure in the MainStreet corridor and to provide information and data needed by the local group to comply with its reporting requirements to the state organization or the state legislature, given that New Mexico Main Street operates under the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
MainStreet Roswell is also an affiliate of the national Main Street America group, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, formed in 1980. There are about 1,600 Main Street organizations nationwide. New Mexico Main Street, founded in 1985, has 22 accredited local groups, including Roswell, and 14 other associated organizations.