The mission of The Barre Partnership is to stimulate and sustain economic development in Barre's Designated Downtown, ensuring a vibrant downtown community that is the social, cultural and economic hub of the greater Barre Area.
The Barre Partnership is the City of Barre’s nationally accredited Main Street Program that implements the National Trust Main Street Center's Four Point Approach to downtown revitalization. The Partnership is mandated to focus on the Designated Downtown area within Barre City and in so doing, provides benefits such as tax credits for projects such as improving buildings facades, upgrading infrastructure such as installing an elevator or sprinkler system. In addition, qualifications for some federal grant funds the municipality can apply for receive preferred status during the review process.
The Partnership follows the Main Street Four Point Approach for downtown revitalization and focus on building a base of support by working towards improving business climate and encouraging historic preservation. As a result of these efforts, the Designated Downtown has benefited greatly. From 2010 to 2014, Barre property owners have received over $950,000 in state tax credits which has helped to leverage over $7 million in private investment in new construction and renovation projects.
The Partnership depends on a cadre of volunteers, from a board of directors and committees to our Community Ambassadors program. If you would like to learn more about getting involved in revitalizing downtown Barre contact our Executive Director, Joshua Jerome.
2016 Work Plan
The Partnership is in the beginning of a transition of leadership. Lucas Herring took over as President of the Board of Directors in July of 2015. Joshua Jerome assumed the role of Executive Director in mid-December 2014 after the departure of Dan Jones, the Partnership's Executive Director that steered the organization and the downtown through the Big Dig and the We Dig Barre campaign.
The organization is poised to look at new ways to engage our members and other stakeholders in the designated downtown and throughout Barre. We are also working on designing additional member benefits and a networking series. The Partnership is also working with Renee Proteau in her first year as Director of the Barre Heritage Festival.
New Events in the past year have included:
- The Antiques initiative began in early 2015
- Granite City 5K Run/Walk for Veteran's in November 2015
- Valentine's Day promotions in February 2016
- A "Pitch" Event will be held at the Vermont Granite Museum in Barre in September of 2016