Given current events and working double duty, I asked Mike to write this week’s article while I go around Downtown Jasper encouraging our retailers, restaurants, and services. Apologies up front for his human writing style. Anyway, here’s Mike!
Thanks, Miss Bankhead-Putman, for giving me the lead this week. You can have it back next time. As I’m sure we can all agree, you’re the better writer. As your guest writer this week, I wanted to spread the word, not the virus, that our family in Downtown Jasper, along with everyone else, is experiencing some challenging times.
However, if we put it into perspective, we can see that even with these challenging times comes an opportunity to move forward and redefine ourselves for the future. You are currently seeing new and innovative ways our businesses are calmly and responsibly serving their customers.
In just five years we have made these strides as of September 30, 2019:
TOTAL BUILDING REHAB AND NEW CONSTRUCTION: $2,333,084
TOTAL REAL ESTATE SALES: $5,147,500
TOTAL GRANTS: $241,938
TOTAL JOBS: 110
TOTAL NEW BUSINESSES, EXPANSIONS, AND RELOCATIONS: 24
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS – FUNDED PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY: $1,029,363
While I’m wearing no rose-colored glasses, most of our established businesses will survive with our support, but it would be irresponsible to suggest that all of our businesses will suffer no irreparable damage. The owners of these Mom & Pop shops are the bravest people that I have ever met, sometimes putting all they have into their business. These places sustain us; it is our turn, more than ever, to sustain them.
These businesses support your causes and perform services above and beyond expectations: our rich arts culture; the little league team; the events that are authentic to Downtown Jasper; the pharmacist who personally delivers to your home in a time of crisis; the retailer who delivers to your home on Christmas Eve because you forgot to pick up your wrapped gift for a loved one; the insurance agent who drafts a policy on a few text messages; the cleaner that delivers the shirt you need for that event happening in just 2 hours…I could go on. These few examples plus many more describe Jasper Main Street.
In the meantime, try to stay optimistic. In tough times we seem to give more attention to problems and perceived threats than the positive things that are happening around us, and there are many positive things happening.
For almost 200 years, we have been committed to serving our customers, even in the most challenging of times. Thank you for continuing to trust us! Jasper Main Street will always be defined by our ability to flourish even in the most difficult of times. We will come out of this with many lessons learned while becoming a better and stronger family than ever!
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