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Dear Editor-
The Lyons Main Street Program’s presentation at the Lyons Public Library on Thursday, February 16th, tackled questions about funding, partnerships, and perceptions that the program and I, as the LMSP Program Manager, are a part of Village or Town governmental entities. Funding for the LMSP comes from pledges made by Lyons’ businesses and industries, fund raising efforts such as the annual Red and White Affair, and an annual residential pledge drive. Although both the Village and Town Boards make pledges to the program, less than 25% of the 60 - 65K operating budget comes from local government. Partnerships have been formed with as many local organizations as possible to complete clean up and beautification projects while taking the cost of these projects off of local government. Clarifications were made as to the perception that the Lyons Main Street Program and the New York State Office of Community Renewal’s Main Street Grant were one and the same. The LMSP is one of over 1,600 Main Street Programs in 45 states organized under the guidelines of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center (www.preservationnation.org) as an historic preservation and business improvement organization while the grants offered through the NYS Office of Community Renewal (www.nysdhcr.gov/Programs/NYMainStreet) were awarded to the Village of Lyons by New York State and the Office of Community Renewal. New festivals and downtown sales promotions that focus on “shop local” theories and methodology have brought in entrepreneurs to fill once vacant storefronts. Yes, we have accomplished a great deal in three years time but we know there is much, much more to be done. As the original founding Board Members are cycling off of our third year Board of Directors, the LMSP is searching for individuals interested in working towards continued revitalization of our downtown historic district. A simple tri-fold brochure reflecting our successes as well as the structure of the program (locally, regionally, and nationally) from the National Trust for Historic Preservation down to our local program is available at the Village and Town offices, Dobbins’ Drugs, and at various retailers and businesses throughout downtown Lyons. Please pick one up for your review and should you find you are looking for an outlet for your talents and skills, the LMSP would welcome you and your ideas to further our business and tourism development. As always, as a NYS not for profit organization, the LMSP office is open to answering any and all of your questions.


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