Local education, civic and business leaders working to increase community engagement and development in downtown Howell
A recent encounter in Howell has Cleary University, Howell Main Street DDA and local businessman Joe Parker asking the question, “Why wait?” when it comes to increasing community engagement and economic development in downtown Howell. Parker, who owns businesses and properties in Howell, has offered his building located at 214 N. Walnut St as a potential hub for community activity. The local education, civic and business leaders are hoping that other businesses and community members will want to collaborate and get creative with Parker’s property and other spaces along Clinton Street to help grow the downtown area and economy.
Among the activities and events being considered for Parker’s building are an urban community garden, food truck rally, community meetings, and a collaborative space for start-up businesses.
“The opportunities for Joe’s building and surrounding green space, are only limited to the ideas we have as a community,” said Jayson Boyers, president of Cleary University. “We have no reasons why we should sit back and allow neighboring cities and towns to build the things and plan the activities that we can do in the heart of Howell. We see great potential for economic growth, as well as opportunities to increase our community pride by bringing more people and businesses downtown.”
“Howell is home for me, and I see great potential for collaboration and growth downtown,” said Morgan. “I am making my property available for activities that bring the community together. This is not a sales pitch for my building; rather it’s an invitation for the citizens and businesses of Howell to work with us to drive traffic downtown and build excitement for community spaces. There are things we can do now, and we think it’s time to jumpstart discussions for how the space can benefit Howell the most.”
Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA Director, added, “We have an attractive and vibrant downtown, featuring properties that offer a lot of potential uses to help drive even more engagement in the community. We appreciate Cleary University’s and Joe’s enthusiasm for developing community spaces in the heart of Howell, and look forward to working together to help showcase everything that downtown has to offer.”
About Cleary University
Founded in 1883, the foundation of Cleary University is business. Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County and satellite campuses throughout Michigan, as well as online degree options. For more information visit cleary.edu.
About Howell Main Street DDA
The Howell Main Street DDA is a volunteer-driven organization focused on creating a vibrant, strong, and economically viable downtown! For more information about the Howell Main Street DDA and Board member information, visit www.downtownhowell.org