Successes to highlight from 2021
What a period in history this has been! We are all familiar with the top headlines of this past two years and know it has been a stretch for the history books. While 2021 has certainly had successes and many say it has been a better year than last, the disruptions and challenges have been hard to shake off. The City of Beatrice’s support of Main Street Beatrice has helped give us a step up in the effort to push forward and will propel us into the future!
Let’s talk about our recent successes. This has been an area of note with two years of headlines proclaiming storms, pandemics, labor shortages, delayed materials, and business closures. The year 2021 has shown just how great the Beatrice community is and how strong our positive momentum has been going into these wild times.
Here are the highlights:
• Beatrice was awarded a $435,000 economic development grant to help leverage future downtown investments.
• In 2021 there have been 40 downtown improvement projects, totaling more than $900,000 invested. Plus, a new multi-million dollar investment in the new Beatrice Fire Station.
• Most surprising perhaps is that our downtown has had a net gain of 5 shops this year! We have seen a net gain of 31 shops downtown since 2016!
• New in 2021: Havekost Personal Healthcare, Snip It Plus Rolloffs, Quality Real Estate, Shelter Insurance, Riverside Power Sports, Sisters Fashion Emporium, Eli’s Exotic Pet Shop, Pink Lotus, Landmark Snacks Employment Office, MARS Office, and Music Works.
These are successes to be proud of!
Thank you for your support, please reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for our efforts.
Michael Sothan, Executive Director