about egad main street
- Eau Gallie Arts District (known as EGAD) is a locally-based economic development organization that works in partnership with the city of Melbourne to build a vibrant commercial core in the historic village of Eau Gallie. We engage residents, businesses, civic groups, and public agencies to find solutions for progress, making the area more desirable, profitable, and livable for all those who seek a creative place to live, work or just hang out. Our goal is to become the cultural and creative epicenter on the Space Coast.
- Established in 2010, EGAD is an accredited Florida Main Street program, which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation over 30 years ago, Main Street is a national movement to help local volunteers revitalize their neighborhood business districts. EGAD has one executive director, one part-time program assistant, four committees that do the work of main street with a passionate army of volunteers served by a Board of Directors. Our impact exceeds our budget which stems from a grant from the Olde Eau Gallie Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), part of the city of Melbourne, and earned income from other grants, membership, sponsorship, donors, and generous visionaries who believe in our mission.
- EGAD's work is organized around committees that align with Main Street's Four Points-- Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Vitality.
Meets monthly ON THE 1ST wed 4 PM
The design committee focuses on the overall design and physical condition of the district. It seeks to create a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors while preserving the historic character of the area. An appealing atmosphere conveys a positive message about the commercial district. We encourage smart rehabilitation and appropriate new construction and educating and safeguarding the overall branding of the arts district, its events, print collateral and all things visible.
Chair: Andrew Roman
MEETS AS NEEDED
The organization committee establishes consensus and cooperation by building partners among the various groups that have a stake in the arts district. Our goal is to collaborate among these stakeholders to provide a stable base of members, sponsors and volunteers to grow a strong community.
Chair: Tina Murray
MEETS AS NEEDED (EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEES MEET ON THEIR OWN SCHEDULES)
The promotion committee tells EGAD’s story to the surrounding area. It communicates the community's unique characterisitics, cultural traditions, architecture, history and activities to shoppers, investors, artists, potential businesses and property owners, and visitors. The promotion committee is instrumental in planning various events in the arts district throughout the year.
Co-Chair: Teresa Beard and Matt Vacquez
ECONOMIC VITALITY COMMITTEE
MEETS MONTHLY ON THE SECOND FRIDAY 4:30 PM
The economic vitality committee works to strengthen the district's economic assets while diversifying its economic base. It focuses on business attraction and retention to provide a balanced commercial mix the market can support. Our goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today’s consumers while maintaining the community’s historic character.
Chair: Brian Stephens
VOLUNTEER ONLY AS NEEDED (NO MEETINGS)
If you have a truck and muscles to move heavy stuff from A to B, and can help for 15-30 minutes, awesome! If you can stand up and lift heavy things and like to be sociable, you might want to help at an event on the day of only...no meetings! If you want to sit at a table and sell tickets, let us know. If you're on the road often and can pick up something for the office without going out of your way, please call. If you like party planning, an event task force is for you. There's a start and a finish. Tell us what talents or interests you have and let's see if we fit together! To learn more, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Tina Murray (email@example.com).