Below you’ll find a vision statement for the Newton Main Street program, that was put together during a community meeting in March 2014. This statement is our vision for the future of Downtown Newton and will evolve as we move forward with the Newton Main Street program.
Newton, the proud county seat of Jasper County, is a thriving community. Our centrally located, historic downtown defines our character and culture. Downtown Newton is a visually stimulating showplace and a vibrant district with diverse shopping, dining, living and entertainment.
A cohesive design plan and complementing financial incentives encourage property owners to invest in their buildings and respect a balance between downtown’s historic integrity, modern elements and improvements. A recently completed downtown streetscape incorporates sustainable practices, honors our community’s history and enhances downtown as our central gathering place.
Newton Main Street is the hub for communication, community buy-in, local partnerships and strong local leadership. A clear, implementation-oriented plan continually shows progress and demonstrates success.
A full calendar of multi-generational activities provides a mix of retail and special events that draw residents and visitors day and night. Each year our signature downtown event highlights the best our community has to offer and builds upon our strong downtown image as a hometown community with a base of diverse entertainment options.
New quality downtown living opportunities offer live-work space, market-rate, and affordable upper floor residential options. Downtown residents, visitors, and local citizens support locally owned businesses and restaurants. Local business resources support independent entrepreneurship, help maintain anchor businesses, like our locally owned theater, and aid in the recruitment of destination business opportunities.
Downtown Newton is distinctively different and a perfect opportunity to get to know Newton.