Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 28, 2014

Time to help Main Street is now

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

emann@pvdemocrat.com — The message is there and it is being stated loud and clear: Main Street Pauls Valley is committed to staying and it needs the community to make it happen.

Part of that commitment is maintaining accreditation at the state level, something that MSPV Board President Jesse Alvarado recently noted begins with finding the next director.

After meetings to explore options for its future with state Main Street representatives, the search officially began this past week in order to move forward with a regular and stronger presence.

“Hopefully the qualified individual we hire for this position is going to come in and actually take advantage of the position they are inheriting,” said Alvarado.

“Anyone who’s even a little bit involved in the community and is up to speed with what’s going on knows that we don’t have a program director and also knows that in order to have a Main Street program we’ve got to have a full time director. We’re accepting resumes.”

While Alvarado noted that the search would be open as long as it took the Main Street board to find the right person, he would like to see someone hired in the coming weeks and already started by the end of February.

The goal is to find not just someone who can bring strength to some of the popular events of the past, but make sure the area can see through all the benefits of having the program from being eligible for federally funded community improvement projects to increased property values and tax base.

“There’s a lot of programs Pauls Valley can benefit from,” said Alvarado. “We’re starting with a clean slate, we’ve got a blank canvas here... we can basically design the future of what we want our community to be like, but it’s important to realize that in order to get there it’s going to take a real community effort.”

However, Alvarado did note that the one thing that must change in order to make Main Street as viable as possible is attitude. He mentioned in particular any feeling that the organization must do something for an individual before they deserve any support or contributions.

Alvarado believes it will take a collective effort, not waiting for someone else to do it and invites people to start coming to their meetings, calling on the phone and leaving messages on what they would like to see happen with the program. He said nothing will happen without volunteers who share their ideas and can be there to offer their talents.

“If people are waiting for an invitation to join the organization, this is it,” said Alvarado, noting how a director can devote their time to the program as a regular job during the day, whereas the board members can only do so after they get off work in the evenings.

“We’ve come up with a decent game plan for 2014.”

In the end, Alvarado pointed out how not having a director is holding up the programs ability to host or participate in any number of activities they normally deal with. He said they cannot afford to wait anymore to get things going with a now or never sentiment.

Once a person is hired and training like working with state Main Street begins, they will immediately start moving forward with efforts on what to do with BrickFest.

“We’ve got one shot at this, that’s this year,” said Alvarado. “I want feedback from the community.”

For more information or to share and contribute your own ideas, contact the Main Street office by e-mail at mspv@sbcglobal.net, by phone at 405-238-2555 or send them a message on facebook through their page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Street-Pauls-Valley.

Editor’s note: More information on the local Main Street program, including the future of events like BrickFest, will be featured in a future edition of the PV Democrat.