How do you properly tell the story and sum up the success of a city district that just 11 short years ago was the last place many residents and business owners would even stop at a traffic light, much less invest or open a business?
How, after 11 years of highly involved, backbreaking, painstaking work from countless business and property owners, volunteers and staff, and tremendous support from local and state government, partners, sponsors, and stakeholders, do you properly explain the transformation of a district, changes in perception, and true economic impact an organization spurs?
This unprecedented approach to development and impressive set of results that have accumulated to date can be summed up in two words: Ground Breaking.
In 2002, we broke ground on our organization; Rallying residents, government officials, volunteers, business and property owners, key stakeholders, and others around a central cause: Restore the East End.
In 2011, we broke new ground and began an exciting journey as a freestanding non-profit revitalization organization. Positive district news, business development, city-wide support, and investment has never been higher.
From 2003 to 2013, ground has broken on almost every inch of the district. Over 25 successful businesses have opened and flourished, new public art projects are popping up, vacant and blighted properties are developing, and more families are choosing to purchase homes and raise families in the neighborhood. We developed the East End Dog Park, built the East End Bazaar, and led the charge in installing a brand new streetscape along Washington Street, East.
Join us on Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30 PM at Moses Downtown (1406 Washington Street, East) as we report the state of the district in 2012-2013 and Break Ground on the next 5 years of the East End. We have big dreams and goals set out for the East End and our organization, and are excited to share our vision and unveil our 5-year plan that will draw the road map for future success of Charleston’s oldest and most diverse business district and neighborhood.
At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, please join us for a reception sponsored by Moses Downtown with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking with other professionals, civic leaders, business and property owners, and residents of the East End and Charleston at-large. We’re extending this invitation to the public as a continued “Thank You” for supporting our organization and mission of building a stronger, more vibrant commercial district in Charleston’s East End – Your Place to Be.
Click to download the official 2013 East End Main Street Annual Report PDF.
Save the Annual Report to your tablet or mobile device and bring it to the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30 PM at Moses Downtown. We will not be distributing a printed version of the Annual Report this year. If you’d like to view the report while hearing the report to the community at the Annual Meeting, please download the report to your device.
THE 2013 EAST END MAIN STREET
ANNUAL MEETING AND REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
5:30 PM – Annual Report & Presentation
6:30 PM – Open reception sponsored by Moses Downtown
Please RSVP below by Monday, August 26