Guided by the Main Street 4 Point Approach, the Winona Main Street Program is committed to Historic Downtown Winona being the heart of our community and region, a vibrant hub of commerce, arts and culture, recreation and residential life.
To create a downtown where people want to be.
MAIN STREET PROGRAM MANAGER
Ben Strand started as the Winona Main Street Program Manager in July of 2019. Ben brings a diverse background of experience and skills to his role with Winona Main Street. He spent a year as a Digital Marketing Associate for Fluoramics, Inc. in Winona. Prior to that he was a reporter at the Winona Daily News for three years covering education and arts and entertainment. Ben is also part owner of Treedome Productions, a multi-media production company located in Downtown Winona that started Shut Down Third Street. Ben will utilize his background, skills, and knowledge of the Winona community to work toward the goal of making Historic Downtown Winona the heart of our community and region, and a place people want to be.
3 year plan (2020-2023)
In October of 2019 members from the Main Street Program committees, employees from the City of Winona and Port Authority, Downtown stakeholders, and community members met and discussed what the Main Street Program will focus on for the next three years as we move into the next chapterDowntown Winona. After several hours we narrowed the focus down to two "Transformation Strategies."
Dining & nightlife
Goal: Increase downtown foot traffic between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. on weekdays by growing the number of businesses that stay open past 5 p.m., and increasing/diversifying the amount of dining options available
District workers & residents
Goal: Make downtown a more appealing place for workers and residents to spend time after work by focusing on beautification efforts and improving the overall aesthetic of downtown.
The Winona Main Street Program is a committee of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and is made possible by the Winona Chamber and the Winona Port Authority.