Main Street Vermilion has released their 2018 Annual Report. MSV's mission is to create, develop and maintain a unique and thriving community with thoughtful preservation of the historic atmosphere and a progressive approach toward beautification.
Main Street Vermilion is a 501(c)3 organization, a member of Heritage Ohio and the National Main Street Association. The organization is dedicated to the revitalization of the historic downtown and is home to five active and influential programs that help beautify, preserve, promote the arts, and encourage tourism: Vermilion In Bloom, Shore Thing, Bridge2bridge, Vermilion Arts Guild and Lighthouse Preservation.
MSV also hosts a variety of events that bring people together to experience the community: Farmers Market, Movies In The Park, Chalk It Up!, Vermilion Harbor Triathlon Duathlon, Hot Diggity Dog, Christmas Tree Ship, Light Up Vermilion and Ice-A-Fair.
Main Street is involved in other aspects of community revitalization through a variety of standing committees focused on specific community and organizational development: Design, Operations, Economic Development, Fundraising & Events and Marketing.
Here's what Main Street Vermilion accomplished in 2018...
In 2018, an estimated 6,467 hours were given in support of Main Street Vermilion. That's $159,670 donated time valued at $24.69/hour, based on Bureau of Labor statistics.
Funding for Main Street Vermilion is balanced among multiple sources. In 2018, $171,455 was earned by, granted to or donated to Main Street Vermilion and it's programs: Vermilion in Bloom, Bridge2Bridge, Shore Thing, Arts Guild and Lighthouse Preservation.
In 2018, Main Street Vermilion was the grateful recipient of grants from the Lorain County Community Foundation and the Erie County Community Foundation.
Main Street's longest standing program gets everyone's attention. Vermilion in Bloom has raised the standards among small towns for their beautification efforts. More than 100 volunteers are devoted to how the town looks and feels all year long. Here's what they accomplished in 2018:
Raised $31,230 for flowers, trees and seasonal decorations
Purchased three trees for Arbor Day at Sailorway Middle School
Planted six trees in the Bridge2Bridge corridor
Repaired three historic lights
Planted, hung and watered 162 flower baskets
Planted 2,100 flowers throughout Vermilion
Purchased spring, fall and winter decorations for the city
Hosted 3 Ladies Nights, a Ladies & Gents Night and a Guys in Bloom event
Hosted the 14th Annual Gardeners Fair in April
Main Street Vermilion was honored to bring Shore Thing into its family of programs in 2018. They are committed to making sure visitors to the community feel welcomed. What they did in 2018, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, demonstrates their dedication and passion for this town, Main Street Beach and Lake Erie:
Cleaned Main Street Beach daily
Distributed tourist information to visitors
Earned more than $6,000 from sales of snacks, drinks and jewelry to benefit the City of Vermilion, particularly Main Street Beach
Purchased a picnic table and a park bench for Wakefield Park
Donated $1,000 to the Western Reserve Conservancy for land fronting the beach and $700 to Vermilion in Bloom
The Arts Guild is a community of artists and a space for exploring art, sharing with visitors and supporting and promoting the work of our local youth. In 2018, the Arts Guild:
Hosted the Community Art Show at Ritter Library
Conducted the Spring Workshop Series
Hosted 5 shows in the gallery from April to December
Displayed more than 435 paintings, 1,000 pieces of jewelry, 100 pottery pieces and 500 original cards
Bridge2 Bridge extends beautification features to the eastern corridor of Vermilion. In 2018, Bridge2 Bridge:
Planted 9 trees
Created a master plan for the eastern corridor with funding from the Lorain County Community Foundation
Began important dialogue with eastern corridor businesses to engage in the beautification process
Vermilion's iconic lighthouse is the sole focus of the Lighthouse Preservation volunteer group. The lighthouse stands as a Coast Guard approved navigational aid, a symbol of our local history, and a welcome to visitors. In 2018, the committee:
Funded the repair of the lighthouse turbine
Received a $2,700 grant from the Erie County Community Foundation for storyboard development
Hosted three lighthouse tours to share lighthouse and local history
Washed windows, cleaned debris and decorated for the summer and holidays
In addition, Main Street Vermilion partnered with Lake Erie Shores & Islands in 2018 to have a webcam installed at Main Street Beach. MSV also purchased and installed two Historic Route 6 signs on Liberty Avenue in Harbourtown. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Main Street worked with the Erie County Regional Planning Commission to facilitate a federally funded Community Development Block Grant Award for facade and building improvements in the historic district. Main Street organized and funded monthly meetings to bring the business community together for dialogue and education. The marketing and advertising program reached more than 1 million people.