A COMBINED EFFORT
A mix of public and private concerns helped form the Marion Business Association (MBA) as a means for stakeholders to have a structure for planning and action.
Expanded in 2006 to advocate for all businesses in the City of Marion, the MBA serves as the Economic Development Office for the City of Marion and continually works between business owners, potential new businesses, the general public and elected officials addressing all areas of concern.
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
The MBA provides citizens with a sense of community by coordinating a full calendar of events such as the Liver Mush Festival, Fourth of July Celebration, SideWalk Yard Sales in May and August and Mountain Glory Festival.
The MBA also provides technical assistance to a variety of organizations that now host Downtown events, including the WNC Bigfoot Festival and Marion Cruise-Ins.
Since 2007, Marion Business Association has coordinated the Historic Marion Tailgate Market. The market is housed in a 5000 sf shade shelter that hosts a variety of events throughout the year like car shows and the City’s fall festival.
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A SENSE OF THE PAST
Downtown Marion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the Depot District and nearby churches. Every effort is made by the City of Marion and Marion Business Association to protect and preserve the historic character of Marion.
A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
With global economic changes, now more than ever before, a strong representation for rural communities is essential. Downtowns remains the heartbeat of a community. The MBA is seeing a renewed interest in the downtown with a variety of new businesses, including a tap room, brewery, and an entertainment venue.
Affiliation and Accreditation
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Marion Business Association is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.