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Main Street coordinator will get things done

New coordinator will arrive in Sandy Sept. 11 and hit the ground running for 11 months


Sandy Main Street is active in more ways than just the First Friday events, which are coming this week to downtown Sandy.

Also on the agendas of board members and other volunteers of Sandy Main Street is the new coordinator, who will be hired for 11 months and on duty before mid-September.

AmeriCorps officials will choose the person from among the five that Sandy Main Street representatives interviewed.

In advance of that day, Sept. 11, Board Chairman George Hoyt and others are planning how to help the person hired get started with efficiency and be productive.

“To make a significant difference,” Hoyt said, “we need to keep a focus for (the coordinator) instead of getting (him or her) bogged down in paperwork.”

Hoyt said he and the board want to keep the person who is hired focused on three major areas of emphasis: build relationships with downtown property owners and create an inventory of properties; promote Sandy Main Street through community outreach and public speaking to recruit volunteers for Main Street activities; and design two more community activities to increase enthusiasm for shopping downtown.

“Those activities that attract people to the downtown area are about businesses,” Hoyt said, “businesses that ring cash registers. That’s all about economic development.”

Dave Snider, who is economic development manager for the city of Sandy, also is on the economic restructuring committee for Sandy Main Street.

Snider says he is looking forward to taking the new coordinator around to local businesses.

Information gleaned from property and business owners will be added to a database now being compiled at Sandy Main Street.

“That information,” Snider said, “would be beneficial to three organizations: city, chamber and Main Street.”

Snider is happy that someone is finally coming to fill the position, which has been vacant for about a year. Since most of the people driving Main Street are employed, it will be good to have someone dedicated to Main Street activities.

“We’ll finally have somebody (coordinator) in the organization,” he said, “who can go out and get things done.”

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