What it is The amount of funding the city of Newton will provide in 2012 to the Newton Chamber’s Central Business District program, which promotes the city’s downtown businesses.   

What it Does Events supported by the program include:

“We Are Newton” video contest. In 2011, residents were challenged to create a video about the history of Newton. Art and Music in the Heart of Newton. The Chamber estimates about 700 people attended this year’s event. Main Street Mainia, the city’s annual downtown sidewalk sale. Taste of Christmas. The 2010 event encouraged community members to visit different businesses and then enter to win a prize.

“The goal of these events is to bring people downtown and develop an awareness of the businesses that reside here,” the Chamber’s 2012 funding application stated.
Other services offered by the program include networking opportunities for downtown businesses through a newsletter and quarterly meetings, and volunteer time to decorate light poles in the downtown area during the Christmas season.