With Your Help, Marengo Will Grow

We all see it–Marengo has potential. Among the many benefits of a successful downtown are: quality business start-ups; expansions and retention of existing businesses; a comfortable, inviting atmosphere; and community pride. Additionally, a vibrant downtown protects the property values of the entire city. As the executive director of Marengo Main Street, I see a lot of potential in Marengo. I think it is a special place! I’ve heard from so many residents and business owners that they would like to see this community grow. I strongly believe growth can and will happen in Marengo–but it starts with the residents in the community.


Marengo Main Street is looking for a group of 20 citizens to contribute ideas at our strategic planning session this May. We want your help answering the question:

“What will attract people to downtown Marengo; and who will be our customers when the downtown is thriving?” In addition to these questions being answered, we will determine and prioritize projects that will bring positive changes with an established vision and direction. We are looking for citizens, professionals, community leaders, and public officials who are interested in shaping the economic prosperity of downtown Marengo. The planning session is open to: interested citizens; taxpayers; property owners; executives; educators; life-long residents; teens; youth; and city officials.

It is one thing to say, “I want things to change,” but it is another to take action. If you want to help the downtown grow, then this is your opportunity to share your ideas.

Those interested in attending, please contact Lucia Matlock at the Marengo Main Street office at 815-568-8440 or by e-mail: dir@marengomainstreet.org.