"I know this city well, and I wouldn't live anywhere else." This quote might seem biased, considering it came from the mayor of the Morgan County Morgan County is the name of a number of counties in the United States of America, generally named for Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary War General:
Martinsville is known for its rugged, forested scenery and conservative heritage. It's home to 13,000 of the 58,000 people that live in Morgan County. Many moved to Martinsville in the high-growth 1970s, and easily commute TO COMMUTE. To substitute one punishment in the place of another. For example, if a man be sentenced to be hung, the executive may, in some states, commute his punishment to that of imprisonment. north or south on state roads 37 or 67.
As the county seat, Martinsville's downtown consists of a picture-perfect town square and a surrounding business district. Its retail shops, law offices and antique antique. The term has been used collectively to designate classical Greek and Roman works of art, particularly sculptures; as an adjective to indicate an object, a period, or a style of ancient or early times; and as a noun, for objects of art, furniture, rugs, stores make up the Downtown Merchant Association, led by Peg Broyer. Broyer says members meet to discuss issues important to a thriving city center-- such as zoning, parking expansion, yearly town festivals and marketing plans for attracting new businesses.
Two years ago, downtown Martinsville received a major facelift with nearly $4.5 million dollars of renovation projects completed. In Morgan Street Phase One, as the city planners named it, about 95 percent of the standing downtown buildings received some structural improvement. Backed by the mayor's office and the Chamber of Commerce, the improvements included new sidewalks street surfaces and street lamps.
After seeing the town's support of this renovation, private business owners on the town square took the initiative and made additional improvements to their buildings.
"Downtown office and retail space is being snatched up at an aggressive pace. Business owners enjoy being based out of Martinsville because the town possesses small-town ambience am·bi·ence
Variant of ambiance.
ambience or ambiance
the atmosphere of a place
Noun 1. with the convenience of short commutes to the large Indiana cities," says Broyer. In addition, the town's commercial downtown district has recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places This article is about the U.S. Register. For the National Register of Historic Places in Canada see Canadian Register of Historic Places.
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"Martinsville is not an industrial city," says Bill Cunningham For other persons named Bill Cunningham, see Bill Cunningham (disambiguation).
Bill Cunningham is an American talk radio host. His full-time job is hosting The Big Show with Bill Cunningham, a local show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. , executive director of Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, "We do have a handful of large companies headquartered out of our town that have been very good to our economy and our population." Cunningham is speaking primarily of Harman Motive, a manufacturer of automobile speakers. Harmon Motive employs 900 workers and has driven the good employment record that Martinsville has experienced.
Morgan County Memorial Hospital, Twigg Corp., maker of aircraft components, and Roger Block, manufacturer of concrete and decorative block, round out the town's major economic players.
The local school district has a topnotch athletic and academic program, "rivaling school systems 10 times our size," says Superintendent Ron Furniss. The high school has taken home the Academic State Championship for the last three years in a row, and the girls golf championship eight out of last nine years.
Shannon Buskirk--a second-term mayor, 55-year native of Martinsville and 26-year veteran of the Martinsville Police Department (12 years as chief)--works hard trying to attract new business. "We have an industrial park, but the city didn't design the park to accommodate the high growth and expansion that we are experiencing." As a result, local resident Henry Birk and the mayor's office are attempting to turn the 113-acre Birk family farm into another industrial park. "Hopefully this endeavor will bring in new manufacturing, and these potential tenants will appreciate the city's amenities that the future park will offer," says Buskirk.
Martinsville's Annual Summer Festival in June and its Fall Foliage Festival in October are the town's largest events of the year. Broyer says these festivals help to draw businesses downtown. Complete with food, flea markets See computer flea market.
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An organization called PRIDE--People Respecting Individuality individuality,
n collective characteristics or traits that distinguish one person or thing from all others. , Diversity and Everyone--coordinates efforts to advocate racial harmony and counter the bad press the city received from a shouting incident at a high school basketball game. The group has started an annual banquet A banquet is a large public meal or feast, complete with main courses and desserts. It usually serves a purpose, such as a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration. Sometimes a banquet consists of only desserts, but it is advisable to include main courses as well. to honor someone in the community who has been helpful to children. Albert Merritt, an African-American Martinsville resident who started a boys club for underprivileged young boys, will receive the honor this year.
This initiative and others are paying off. Martinsville is a nominee nominee n. 1) a person or entity who is requested or named to act for another, such as an agent or trustee. 2) a potential successor to another's rights under a contract. for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Indiana Community of the Year award.