Downtown Hart Happenings

National Accreditation…AGAIN!

There are over 2000 Main Street communities nationwide. Only about 800 of them are accredited.

Hart Main Street has been accredited in each and every year of its existence!


October 21, 2014

Hart Main Street Achieves National Accreditation

 LANSING – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced this week that Hart Main Street has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street community by the National Trust Main Street Center and the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA.

 “Hart Main Street has made many efforts toward their revitalization goals using the Main Street Approach®,” said Laura Krizov, manager of the Michigan Main Street Center at MSHDA. “We are happy to recognize their program as nationally accredited this year.”

 Hart Main Street is one of four Michigan Main Street communities receiving national recognition this year. The Michigan Main Street Select and Master Level communities are evaluated annually based on 10 performance standards prescribed by the National Trust Main Street Center and eligible communities are submitted to the national level for final review.

 Local Main Street programs are encouraged to embrace community revitalization and economic development through organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. Recent studies show that supporting downtowns creates vibrant centers where people want to live, work and invest. The Michigan Main Street Center is part of MSHDA’s effort to create vibrant communities across the state.

 “The Michigan Main Street Program provides communities with the tools needed to develop into thriving districts,” said Krizov. “These tools can be used to create jobs, attract and retain residents and investment while building a sense of place in Michigan communities.”

 Individuals interested in more information can contact Laura Krizov, manager of the Michigan Main Street Center at 517-241-4237, or, or visit the Michigan Main Street website at

 The Michigan Main Street Program @ MSHDA provides support and improves Michigan’s downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach® in urban and rural communities across the state. The program builds partnerships and collaboration amongst stakeholders and encourages historic preservation.  It promotes environmentally-sustainable redevelopment and integrates communities’ cultural assets while fostering entrepreneurial development and downtown living.

2014 Hart Healthy Labor Day 5k, Youth Mile and Bridge Walk

The Results are IN!



Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2014  Hart Healthy Labor Day 5k, Youth Mile, and Bridge Walk!  Here are the results of both the 5k and the Youth Mile:

5K Run Age Group Results

 1 Mile Youth Race Results


Many thanks to our Sponsors:

Spectrum Health/Ludington Hospital

Oceana Land Title Agency

Lakeside Rehab Family Fitness Center & Wellness Center

West Michigan Community Mental Health System

Shelby State Bank

Gales Agency

And thanks to all our volunteers! A BIG thank you to the BIG gang from Gray & Co. that volunteered on race day!

Diane LaPorte

Special Thanks to Event Coordinator, Diane LaPorte who did a bang-up job of putting it all together.  Thanks, Diane!




Helping Hart Grow


Available Space in Hart

Would you like to have your business located in downtown Hart? Properties Available Downtown: The following downtown locations are currently available.  Please contact the Contact Person in each listing for more information. For a pdf listing with full color photos click here (Updated Dec 2012) ADDRESS:  310 E. Main St TYPE:  Retail or Office space SIZE:  1600… [read more]


Hart Area Resources

FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ : Educational program to help existing entrepreneurs improve their business. Business Resources : Permits, services, contacts, Market Study results and more. Design Services : Michigan Main Street Communities receive design training and consultation services by the State Historic Preservation Office to help maintain and enhance the communities’ historic integrity. Facade Improvement Grant :… [read more]


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New Business

Interested in opening a business in Hart but not sure if it would make it?  Thinking of expanding your current business but not sure how?  Want to add upper unit living spaces to your downtown property, but you are not sure if anyone would want to live there?  Check out the Executive Summary of the recently completed Downtown Hart Market Study. … [read more]


HMS Sponsor

Looking to gain unique exposure at one of Hart Main Street’s many events?  Take a look at our 2013 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities for a list of downtown events including demographic information, sponsorship packages and an a la carte menu.


HMS Volunteer

Hart Main StreetBecome a Hart Main Street Volunteer! Whether you are looking for a couple hours a year or a couple hours a week, we have volunteer opportunities for you! Whether your young or old, whether your prefer physical or mental work, we have it all! Now’s your chance to make friends, meet new people, build… [read more]