LPI Executive Director, Shawna Hodge, discussed some of the 2011 highlights of the non-profit organization at the second annual meeting held February 29 at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce office. LPI is comprised of local business owners and citizens working to improve economic development of the city, focusing on the historical nature of the community and downtown business climate.
Hodge said LPI received its 501-C-4 non-profit designation recently, and she has a meeting set with Lamar City Attorney, Garth Neischburg to review the aspects of that classification as it applies to the LPI operation. Members work to achieve their goals in four areas: organization, economic restructuring, promotion and design, a parallel of the four point approach used by the National Main Street Development program.
Some of the accomplishments of 2011 include a newsletter, facebook and website page, gaining non-profit status, worked with PCDI to develop a Business Resource Guide as well as compiling a comprehensive list of all businesses located in Lamar, helped promote downtown events such as Oktoberfest and the summer and fall festivals, helped promote last year’s Babe Ruth Softball World Series, created an advertising campaign for local shopping during the holidays, partnered with the Department of Local Affairs and local property owners to produce schematics for the rehabilitation of four historic buildings in the community and administered a State Historical Fund grant for a Cultural, Historic and Architectural survey on 70 businesses in the downtown area of Lamar. Hodge said members of DoLA, the Department of Local Affairs will have representatives in Lamar later this month for four, separate one hour meetings with her and board members to review and make an assessment of LPI’s goals for 2012.
Hodge said there is one open position available for a board member-at-large if someone wants to apply, or if any current board members know of a likely candidate who would like to serve. The must reside within the city limits and be a property owner, business owner or employee of a business, preferably within the retail sector. Members will meet monthly at noon on the last Wednesday of the month at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices.
By Russ Baldwin
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