Main Street Monroe is special. How often do people in their own small town think that? Possibly often, but what makes Monroe so special is that those involved with the main street program, which encompasses a historic square - the courthouse at the center was built in 1891 and is on the National Register of Historic Places like the entire district - have an appreciation for so much but are always striving to make the most of its potential. It is often that maintaining is an impossible task. Yet Monroe has maintained and it has flourished. It has embraced its history, which includes a strong Swiss American influence, while working towards more. When you visit Main Street Monroe you are transported to a different time, with buildings that beg to be explored and their stories learned. They are filled with shops that provide services and quality items that remind you just how few and far between dress shops and kitchen stores like these are. But they are also filled with pristine and minimalist coffee shops serving oat milk and gift shops focusing on fair trade and woman owned businesses with sustainable business practices. It is where generations and ideals come together and life exists. All of that takes work. Much of it behind the scenes. If we were to win, this money would be used to protect our history with an awning and signage program and to continue investing in seasonal decorations, flower pots, and benches. Behind the scenes, Main Street Monroe has hosted a successful pop up shop: Project Pop Up. Over the past three years, four businesses have been apart of the program. All have signed long term leases. Winning such funds would allow us to continue the program and continue fostering local entrepreneurs and their dreams.