Ferris Downtown Association revamps with success in 2000
By 07/06/2000 00:00:00
By Sheila Hatfield /Ellis County Press
FERRIS - With one major success under their belts and several new innovative ideas in the works, the revamping of the Ferris Downtown Association has evidence of becoming what was always intended since its conception in 1997 - an organization of businesses and building owners promoting growth in the city of Ferris.
Under the direction of the new Ferris Main Street director, Marietta Allen, the FDA can already boast of two downtown buildings donated to the city for a first-ever museum, arrangements to hold a play about the history of Ferris, and monthly newsletters to promote the association and individual businesses.
Hired by the city to revamp the state program originally held by Joyce Baran, Allen initiated a new FDA on April 25 and the group held its second meeting on Thursday, May 4. New officers were elected, advisory board members were appointed and committees were set up to 'get the ball re-rolling' before the end of the year 2000.
'After several months of classes and research, I realized what the past honor of being selected as a Texas Main Street City can mean for the city of Ferris,' said Allen.
She said the organization of business owners had to be formed not only to promote the revitalization of the designated historic downtown, but also to develop and encourage the commercial, professional, financial and general business interests of the City of Ferris and surrounding area.
'We are also going promote growth through a solid foundation of preservation of our heritage,' said Allen.
Former resident Winn Myers' donation of the buildings for a museum was the first step toward that historical goal, according to Allen. The history play, with its debut planned for this year's Ferris Pioneer Day celebration, will be the second.
In addition, Allen believes promoting involvement in the FDA is another important goal for the Main Street program.
She visits the area's businesses regularly, soliciting their advice and participation, and a monthly newsletter has been distributed for the last two months, letting business know how the DTA plans are progressing. The newsletter features a full inside feature story each month about the past and present of a single local business.
Allen said the feature story inside the newsletter, put out by the DTA's Promotion Committee, was conceived to educate Ferris businesses about the other businesses in town, put out 'feelers' for more history information about downtown buildings and encourage membership in the organization.
The third meeting of the FDA will be held Thursday, July 6 at 108 S. Church St. at 7 p.m.