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 Mayor Brant Walker has proposed removing the funds allocated for Alton Main Street (totaling $18,000) from the City’s budget, endangering the momentum that Downtown Alton is currently enjoying, which AMS has been building for two decades.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1) CALL YOUR ALDERPERSON *PREFERABLY BEFORE MON, JUNE 22ND AT 7PM*
 CLICK HERE to find your Alderperson's contact info / CLICK HERE to find out what ward you live in

2) CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

3) CLICK HERE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

4) CLICK HERE to read testimonials in support of AMS from civic leaders, business owners & concerned citizens

5) CLICK HERE
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The work of AMS contributes to the economic growth and historic preservation of Downtown Alton, and the positive effect of having a thriving Downtown improves the quality of life in the entire community,” said Sara McGibany, Executive Director.

One of the organization’s most notable accomplishments is the rapid growth of the Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. That popular event, along with the organization’s other activities draw over 25,000 people per year to shop, dine and be entertained in Downtown Alton. AMS has coordinated numerous projects that bring life to the downtown district and improve its appearance, such as the creation of public art and pocket parks.

The network of connections and resources that AMS has built over the years are invaluable time-savers to partners who have shared goals. AMS also lends specialized support to entrepreneurs who are looking to locate in the district, and assists with the retention, promotion and expansion of existing businesses in the area. We work to attract new businesses and provide an abundance of exposure for small shop owners who have limited advertising budgets.

We coordinate approximately 3,500 volunteer hours annually, providing services that ease the burden of city government.” The current value of volunteer time according to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics is $23.07/hour, bringing the total value of AMS volunteers to more than $80,000.

“This $18,000 cut would do very little to improve the City’s budget deficit and it would completely decimate an organization that does nothing but great things for our community,” Alderman Jim Ryan said.

Please express your opposition to this cut before the Alton City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. when they will discuss the proposed cuts.

Community support is crucial to saving this treasured program. The most impactful thing you can do is to call your Alderman before June 22nd and ask them to keep Alton Main Street in the City of Alton’s budget. Also, please come out to the City Council meeting on Wed, June 24th at 7:30 to demonstrate your support on the day that the votes will be cast.” 

Since 1995, Alton Main Street (formerly known as Alton Marketplace) has been part of the Illinois Main Street program, which is a community based approach used successfully all over the nation to maximize downtown revitalization efforts. Alton Main Street’s mission is to engage the community in the continued renewal of our historic downtown district and Mississippi River heritage by cultivating an attractive center of economic and social activity.