Economic Gardening - enhances the business environment by promoting the importance of shopping local and offering opportunities that sharpen the competitive acumen of downtown merchants. We create open lines of communication with civic leaders, and pool public & private resources in order to make the district attractive to new businesses & investors.
Design – creates an inviting atmosphere for locals and an attractive destination for visitors through cohesive streetscapes and placemaking strategies. We encourage a clear historic preservation ethic and aspire to enhance the aesthetics of the district, which improves our quality of life.
Promotions – makes life interesting and exciting by forging a positive and distinctive identity for the district. Through a variety of special events, retail promotions, and affirmative messaging campaigns we attract thousands of locals and tourists to experience the charm of downtown Alton’s historic shopping and entertainment district.
Organization – implements our strategic plan and builds community awareness of the Main Street brand, its resources and accomplishments. We strengthen alliances, create partnerships, develop resources, and build consensus.
Team Building – develops stakeholders into community leaders. Leveraging AMS’s vast network of community resources, we nurture these assets into the next generation of committed champions positioned to shape strategy and drive growth in downtown and all of Alton.