Jacksonville Main Street's solid partnerships with the City and area agencies, like Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, have resulted in the development of several heritage tourism attractions. The Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits, Charters of Freedom Monument, and the future Jacksonville Area Museum and Center for the Arts are just some of projects worked on jointly.
TREES, PLANTERS, KIOSK, BENCHES, & BANNERS
Since 2011, Jacksonville Main Street has led downtown beautification projects. To date, JMS has provided 57 Memorial Trees, 3 historic Ferris Wheel benches, 34 plants, and 12 hanging flower baskets (filled each year). Along with the relocated cannon, information kiosk, and 42 decorative light pole banners, downtown is even more user-friendly and attractive!
WALL DOG MURALS
In 2006, a project to beautify downtown parking lot walls turned into a major event and a heritage tourism attraction! Fifty-two artists/sign painters from across the globe met here to create 10 mural sites that depict various aspects of Jacksonville's history and attract hundreds of visitors!
Besides helping downtown patrons locate major points of interest and navigate the historic central business district, Jacksonville Main Street's 12 colorful signs were installed in 2016 to remind guests of parking rules and speed limits, welcome visitors, and identify parking lots... plus they were made 100% by local businesses!
FACADES & SIGNAGE
To assist with building rehabilitations, JMS partnered with the city to administer their $100,000 Facade Improvement Grant and leverage over $750,000 in upgrades. Jacksonville Main Street also used their own funds to offer signage grants for businesses to develop higher quality, historically compatible signs.
CANOPIES & QUADS
Back in 2001, Jacksonville Main Street built concensus among partners to break down huge obstacles into doable projects, starting with storefront canopy removal and buying, then demonlishing, the first of four quadrant buildings blocking traffic around the square... effectively kicking off the Downtown Turnaround.
NEW LIFE PROJECT
In 2008, Jacksonville Main Street finished a 3-year-project that restored a dilapidated apartment house downtown into an award winning family home with the help of some unlikely partners, including Lincoln Land Community College vocational program students, Work Camp inmates, volunteers, and the banking industry.
Since 1999, Jacksonville Main Street has been hosting retail, image, and special events that bring thousands of people downtown each year. These activities provide more things to do downtown, increase foot traffic for businesses, and add vitality... making downtown a greater place to be!