Main Street Takoma Committees
Main Street Takoma is an initiative of the Old Takoma Business Association. We are a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to community revitalization in the Old Takoma area of Maryland and D.C. The Main Street committees are the driving force of the Main Street Takoma iniative. The committees are entirely volunteer and are open and welcoming to newcomers who are interested in making a difference in Old Takoma. Each committee meets monthly. For more information, contact the OTBA office: 301-891-6789.
The Design Committee focuses on the physical appearance and health of the community. Projects of the committee include:
- Clean-Up Days and ongoing gardening and Main Street beautification
- Holiday store-front window display competition and window design support
- Facade Improvement Program, with matching grants from the State of Maryland Neighborhood Business Works program and from DC Council.
The Promotions Committee is responsible for events in the Old Takoma area as well as outreach and promotion:
- Plan events in Old Takoma. Current popular events include:Takoma Park Street Festival, Art Hop, reCYCLE, Pajamarama, Sidewalk Sale
- Promoting Old Takoma businesses
- Managing the Main Street online calendar
Economic Restructuring Committee
The Economic Restructuring Committee works on issues of business retention and recruitment and networking with the various levels of government. Projects include:
- Energy Survey and Audits
- Wal-Mart Survey for Local Businesses
- Market Analysis Report and Strategic Action Plan
- Revolving Loan fund for Businesses
- Parking -- issues of availability and management of it
- Outreach to commercial property owners
- Listing of commercial properties
- Business assessments
- Quarterly meetings for business owners
The Organization Committee provides the structural support for the entire Main Street Takoma effort. Current work includes:
- Membership - Managing membership database.
- Volunteers - Recruiting many!
- Website upkeep and maintenance, IT Support, graphic design assistance for promotions, events and ads.