Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Butte, MT

http://www.mainstreetbutte.org

Since 1999, Mainstreet Uptown Butte, a non-profit 501 c 3 corporation, has been affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center. Mainstreet Uptown Butte relies on the input and support (through dues and volunteer efforts) of its members-155 businesses, non-profits, and individuals with the common interest of wanting to see Uptown Butte rejuvenated and thriving again. Mainstreet Uptown Butte implements a four-point approach that is used in more than 1,200 communities across the country to help rejuvenate traditional downtowns. The idea is that if businesses in a historic district remain viable, they will help preserve historic buildings by building on the assets in downtown communities. This basic goal is approached from four directions - design, promotion, organization, and economic vitality. It is in the area of promotion that Mainstreet Uptown Butte has become more broadly deeply involved in the arts, developing festivals to build positive perceptions of the district and encouraging yearround arts programming through the Imagine Butte Resource Center, a community arts center. Promoting the arts and cultural events are a large part of the vision of seeing a rejuvenation of the traditional Uptown district. National exposure during the three-year tenure of the National Folk Festival brought the work of the organization into greater focus and has since guided and enhanced its efforts to seek investment in the revitalized historic district of Uptown Butte. That work has continued for seven years now with the Montana Folk Festival. If we were lucky enough to be able to put $25,000 to work for the benefit of our community, it would be to invest in an expanded clean and safe program to replace street features such as planters and trash cans and make our streets more livable and walkable for residents and visitors alike.