Main Street Chillicothe is a program designed to revitalize and enrich downtown Chillicothe. On Monday, Executive Director Micah Landes presented a funding request to the Chillicothe City Council, requesting $35,000 to support the program budget, just up from the $30,000 that was awarded to the program in 2016.

Main Street Chillicothe is a program designed to revitalize and enrich downtown Chillicothe. On Monday, Executive Director Micah Landes presented a funding request to the Chillicothe City Council, requesting $35,000 to support the program budget, just up from the $30,000 that was awarded to the program in 2016. Main Street’s annual budget is compiled from funds through the Chillicothe Development Corporation, contracts for services with the City of Chillicothe, downtown investors and sponsors, and revenues generated from events. Led by Landes, “Main Street” was able to produce a synopsis of the last 10 years of the program. In compiling that data, it was determined that during the last 10 years, there has been more than $7 million in public and private investment in to downtown; the organization have renovated 40 facades through the matching grant program, 22 murals have been painted and there are an estimated 985 employees in the downtown Chillicothe area. Over this past year, seven new businesses have opened downtown and Main Street has awarded five grants through the facade program. The organization has held 15 events downtown and recently purchased a downtown building. Two new murals are planned for 2017. Also this year, Main Street Chillicothe is one of nine communities that up for ’The Great American Main Street Award.’ These communities will be highlighted at an awards event in Pittsburg, Penn., later this year. The City Council will consider Main Street’s 2017-18 funding request and is expected to make a decision before the new fiscal year begins April 1.