CALUMET - Two Michigan Main Street officials visited Calumet Wednesday, and they're pleased with the efforts the members of Main Street Calumet are taking downtown in the village.
Laura Krizov, manager of Michigan Main Street Center downtown and community services division, and Brittney Hoszkiw, MMS organization specialist, met with Tom Tikkanen, Main Street Calumet executive director in the organization's office on Fifth Street then toured downtown before meeting with the MSC board of directors for lunch.
Before the lunch meeting, Krizov said the visit to Calumet was the biannual meeting she conducts with local Main Street personnel to see how there efforts are going and if they need any assistance. She also makes certain current projects follow MMS methodology.
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Tom Tikkanen, Main Street Calumet executive director, takes a tour of Fifth Street in the village Wednesday with Brittney Hoszkiw, Michigan Main Street organization specialist, center, and Laura Krizov, manager of Michigan Main Street Center downtown and community services division, during the MMS officials’ biannual visit to Calumet to see progress of projects and to determine if local officials need any assistance.
Hoszkiw said Michigan Main Street officials are impressed with the work MSC has done over the years.
"Calumet is doing an amazing job," she said.
The dedication of the volunteers and the architecture of Calumet make it a special place, Hoszkiw said.
Calumet and Iron Mountain are the only Main Street communities in the Upper Peninsula, Hoszkiw said.
Krizov said each Main Street community is different, and there's little similar between them.
"You can't compare community to community," she said.
Krizov said she began working with MSC nine years ago, and there have been significant changes to many buildings in that time.
"It's amazing," she said. "There's a lot they should be proud of."
The degree of private investment in the village is impressive, also, Krizov said.
Tikkanen said the meeting was also for Krizov and Hoszkiw to meet village and township officials. He especially wanted them to see the various projects in the village, but he wanted them to understand there are issues they have to deal with.
"We're celebrating our achievements, but making darn sure they're aware of our struggles with the community," he said.