Three groups of Ball State University students with the Urban landscape and Architecture Program presented their ideas and concepts for One Chamber Square and the surrounding areas Monday night at the Jackson County Visitor Center. They visited Seymour months earlier and spent 3 days, visiting downtown business owners, walking the streets and alleys, and talking to local officials and stakeholders.

The concepts involved everything from activated alley ways, outdoor seating areas, walking/biking trails around the downtown, interactive art, and more! The drawings will be on display at the Jackson County Visitor Center till the end of the month and will be on display on the Seymour Main Street website later this week.

Please feel free to view the drawings/concepts and give feedback as the Main Street board and director will be working to move forward and possibly apply for a grant in 2018 and would like your feedback on the ideas that were presented. 

Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced that the Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP), which is designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties to further incentivize downtown economic development, is open to all communities as of December 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until all funding has been awarded.

“It is vital we preserve Indiana’s historical properties throughout the state, and I am excited that local communities have the opportunity to revitalize their downtowns, while maintaining the beauty of our state” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “As the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, my office oversees OCRA and I am looking forward to seeing the inspiring outcomes these grants will help achieve.”

“We are pleased to announce that the Historic Renovation Grant Program will now become a rolling application process,” said OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden. “and any eligible historic commercial structure in Indiana is encouraged to apply.”

During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly approved legislation allocating over $1 million in grant funding for the program, to be administered by OCRA. Applications for the HRGP, previously known as the Historic Tax Credit Program, will be reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology (DHPA) to ensure submissions meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Applicants with an eligible historic commercial structure have the opportunity to apply for project funding between $10,000 and $100,000 at a maximum request of 35% of the total eligible project cost. Eligible applicants include: individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, limited liability company, corporation or non-profit affordable housing organization.

Interested property owners, who meet established eligibility requirements, must submit an application and all supporting documentation to the OCRA office. More information can be found on the OCRA website.

Click here for more information on this OCRA grant

All of these ladies shopped small on Shop Small Saturday and took a selfie and posted it with the #shopsmall selfie, they were entered to win and they did!!!!! It is a great feeling to shop small and help local business!

Sara Hodapp won a backpack from Threads boutique with over 350 dollars worth of downtown goodies from Dr. Nate, Greemann’s, Hoosier Hearth, Chillicen, Mi-Casa, Lea Boutique, Dragonfly Boutique, Artistic Impressions, Java Joint, Quirky Living, Claire Marie, Hearts Desire, Copper Rooster, Rails and Tekhead.

Ashley Smith is the winner of a 100 dollar gift card to the downtown store of her choice.

Stephanie Montana is the winner of a 50 dollar gift card to Rails and a downtown discount card.

Seymour Main Street is excited to introduce the Seymour Junior Main Street program. This past weekend is the first weekend that the Seymour High School students were set up with a storefront in the downtown Community Center. They were open from 10-2 and they sold necklaces, tree ornaments, plants, vinyl clings and more!

The students were in charge of running the store, coming up with a logo, designing a flyer, a radio ad, picking the items to sell, and tracking the items sold and money intake.

This is a collaboration between Seymour Main Street and Seymour High School to teach students what it is like to be a future business owner and to get them excited about the downtown and involved in our community.

We have another store day scheduled for December 2nd from 10am - 2pm so mark your calendars for this great event.

We are really excited about this collaboration and feel like the sky is the limit for the students and us!

The selfie promotion went on during the Seymour Oktoberfest. We encouraged people to shop in our downtown stores and take a selfie at a local business and then post the photo on social media with the hashtag #SeyOfestWin17. We had a ton of entries and it was a lot of fun! 

Susan Suits she was the winner of the Seymour Main Street Selfie contest and she won a $100 dollar gift certificate to the Lea Boutique.

#JacksonCountyRocks

Downtown Seymour celebrated the end of summer with a Rock & Shop event on Chamber 1 Square!

Kiddos painted rocks and enjoyed an after school snack of yummy hot dogs and lemonade provided by the United Way.

If you find a painted rock post it on social media with the #jacksoncountyrocks hashtag.

 

 

Check out the new Awning at Creative Concepts! Creative Concepts took advantage of our awning and façade program for Seymour Main Street! If you have a business downtown or want to open a business downtown take advantage of one of our great programs to help you get a business going or to help your existing downtown business.

If you have not been to Artistic Impressions lately you have not been! Kevin Green has a new Canon wide format printer and can print on any art paper, photo paper, canvas or vinyl. He can print up to 24 inches wide, and do a gallery wrapped canvas for as low as $48 dollars for a 16 by 20 canvas! You can email your picture or print them and take them to him!

Artistic Impressions has been a staple on the corner downtown Seymour since 2005  and we are so excited about these new options in the store! Call for more details today at  812-524-7701.

New Downtown Mural

This mural was done by Southern Indiana Center for Arts (SICA) artist Darnell Dukes. She painted the mural in black and white and then each item was numbered, then the public was able to sign up for a time to come and paint one item on the mural. Kids and adults from all over the community had a hand in creating this fun and whimsical piece of art in the downtown. Be sure to check it out when you are out shopping, it is  on the backside of the Community Agency building in the downtown. 

Cars and Guitars was a huge success this weekend in downtown Seymour. There were over 250 cars and people came from far and wide to check them out. The weather was beautiful and car enthusiasts were able to enjoy Miss Piggy’s Bar-B-Que,Cotton Candy and Shaved Ice as they strolled through to view all the makes and models. The Retro’s took the stage at 7pm and were a huge hit and everyone was able to dance the night away! A big thanks to the sponsors, Seymour Parks and Rec. and the City of Seymour, Graessle Mercer, and 96.3 WJAA.

All proceeds benefited  the Seymour Physically challenged playground.

Renovation Signage

Keep an eye out for our new signage in the windows of select merchants and businesses taking advantage of our Business Assistance programs.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of these programs please review the information on this website and contact our office!

Seymour Main Street has been nominated in the America’s Main Streets contest!

The winning Main Street will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize that Main Street.

Independent We Stand created the contest to help promote the importance and strong economic benefits of main streets and the small businesses that help them thrive.
You can vote for Seymour Main Street once every 24 hours to help it become a semi-finalist.

 

Seymour Gateway Project

Latest updates on the status of the Seymour Gateway Project.

Downtown Enhancement Grant

Downtown Enhancement Grant from OCRASeymour Main Street was happy to accept The Downtown Enhancement Grant from OCRA last week at the State House. This grant will be used for park benches, wayfarer signs, and bike racks downtown.

Welcome to Becky Schepman

Becky Schepman - Director Seymour Main StreetSeymour Main Street would like to announce and welcome to our team our New Executive Director, Becky Schepman. Becky will start in her new role with Seymour Main Street on January 9th. Becky is a Seymour native with a wealth of experience and education in marketing and communications. She is very passionate about our community and has a great vision for how to take our downtown to the next level!

Welcome Becky Schepman!

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