Royal Ross of Faribault will begin serving as the Main Street Coordinator officially on January 9, 2012. The part time position is made possible through a funding agreement between the City of Faribault Economic Development Authority and the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce. Each entity is contributing to the Main Street Program to fund the coordinator position for one year.
Royal is a resident of Faribault and brings significant experience to the position. He has owned his own business, served as a Small Business Management instructor, lead the Owatonna Business Partnership and been involved with many civic organizations in leadership positions.
References called Royal extremely organized, trustworthy, high energy and a class act.
The Coordinator is responsible for creating and managing programs and projects that meet the objectives of the Faribault Main Street Program. The Faribault Main Street Program is a community-based effort to revitalize Faribault’s Central Business District. The programs and projects are organized by four key principles:
- Economic Restructuring: strengthening the existing and further expanding the economic base
- Design: enhancing the physical appearance of the district, both buildings, infill and streetscape
- Promotion: marketing the District’s assets and assisting with promotions and special events
- Organization: building cooperation among the many groups involved in Main Street and coordinating volunteers
Thirty-nine applications were received by the hiring committee. After thorough review, they conducted a number of interviews and follow up interviews. Applicants had a variety of backgrounds including former city planners, economic development directors and non-profit managers.
Royal will be meeting Main Street business people as his first order of business in early January and the Main Street Board will be hosting a January gathering to introducing him and the goals for 2012 to anyone interested. More details for the late January event will be available after the first of the year.