New downtown manager off to a good start

PLYMOUTH’S NEW DOWNTOWN MANAGER Randy Schwoerer has already exhibited several of the attributes he has to bring to his new job – energy and enthusiasm.

He started the part-time position last month and had his first meeting with the city’s Redevelopment Authority earlier this month.

Schwoerer, who brings a solid background to the position – including success running business improvement districts in the city of Sheboygan – made a good first impression on the RDA, which was instrumental in creating his job.

Schwoerer stressed that there are plenty of opportunities for growth and development in Plymouth’s downtown, but added that “things need to move fast” to bring more polish and color to Mill Street.

Downtown business owners and operators – as well as many of their customers - have already met with the new manager, who spent most of his first few weeks on the job out on the street. That was a good start and indicative of his commitment to the task at hand.

Schwoerer said he will be working on developing a calendar of events to help promote downtown Plymouth and bring people to Mill Street, with the goal of having that ready before the end of the year.

He has plenty of other good ideas to strengthen and grow the business environment in downtown Plymouth.

While Schwoerer has plenty to work with in downtown Plymouth, there is plenty of work to be done.

If first impressions are any indication, it appears the right man has been found to do the job.

With strong support from the city, the Chamber of Commerce and – most importantly – downtown business people, the new downtown manager should be able to accomplish much in the areas of promotion, advertising, business growth and development, new business recruitment and more.

The downtown manager position is a temporary one, funded for two years through a grant from the Lakeshore Community Foundation. After two years, the funds supporting the grant will be depleted and other funding sources will have to be found to keep the position in place.

It is to be hoped that, in two years, Schwoerer can show sufficient tangible results to convince everyone involved that the position is viable, effective and worth funding, whether through a business improvement district or some other funding mechanism.

It will take a strong, concerted, dedicated effort by all involved to be successful, but one key will be the committed and decisive leadership that too often has been lacking in the past. That leadership should now be there and moving forward.

At issue:
Downtown manager on board
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