MAIN STREET ALABAMA HELPS REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN JASPER
With the help of Main Street Alabama, Jasper has turned what was once a ghost town into a thriving downtown district.
Five years ago, the residents of Jasper saw that their downtown was becoming devoid of businesses since most were moving to the area near the bypass.
In order to once again stimulate growth in the heart of the city, residents contacted Main Street Alabama, a nonprofit organization which stress public-private partnerships, broad community engagement and strategies that create jobs, spark new investments, attracts visitors and spur growth. Main Streets works to build on authentic history, culture and attributes to specific places and that’s precisely what it’s done with downtown Jasper.
“All of that is to make this a livable community, a sustainable community,” said Mike Putnam, Executive Director for Main Street Alabama. “It’s to bring in economic mentality because that is really what we are about. We’re about making individuals come in and making a life for themselves.”
From June 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2018, there have been 107 new jobs created and 23 new business openings, expansions and relocations in downtown Jasper.