In the month since Bob Rosenberger started his job as Saline Main Street Manager, he has filled his days getting to know business owners and attending a variety of community functions.
“I want to do as good of a job as possible,” he said.
Since Nov. 1, Rosenberger has led the organization, which is part of a program run by the state of Michigan to help preserve and grow communities with thriving downtowns.
"I am working to support the mission statement of Saline Main Street which is to enhance the vitality of downtown Saline as the social, cultural and economic heart of the community," he said. “I am working on plans that support businesses to keep downtown vibrant.”
Originally from Pennsylvania, Rosenberger moved to Saline from Massachusetts in 2006 after a former coworker asked for his help starting a company. When Rosenberger noticed the opportunity to serve as manager for Saline Main Street he thought he would be a good match for the position.
The Saline Main Street Board agreed and hired Rosenberger citing his experience throughout the years working in various positions in marketing, planning community events, sales and training employees.
Rosenberger has also worked at Ann Arbor Film as vice president of communications, and served as president of his neighborhood's homeowners association.
“We are very excited to have Bob on board,” said Cindy Czbuko, president of
Saline Main Street, in a press release. “He brings a wealth of business experience to this position. With his background in communications, public relations, event planning, training and marketing, and as a former teacher he can help us spread the word to everyone in Saline about Main Street -- what we hope to accomplish and why we believe it is such a vitally important organization to have as part of the community.”
Current projects include working to beautify the downtown area so visitors can come and enjoy a respite from their day. Rosenberger said he is also working to keep the downtown an active area and has been taking training classes in order to do the best job possible.
"I want to keep working to make sure raise awareness that Saline is an attractive place for shoppers to enjoy,” he said. “We want to keep downtown beautiful and attractive for business owners and shoppers.”
Rosenberger attended college in Florida where he received a bachelor
of arts with a concentration in English and education. He also earned a master’s degree in business.
Rosenberger lives in Saline with his wife Barbara and is expecting his first grandchild in January. He and Barbara also own a consulting business called Academics Plus Educational Resources. “We do academic tutoring and offer preparation classes to prepare students for ACT tests,” he said.
Rosenberger works Monday through Friday and wants residents to know his door is always open for suggestions or any concerns.
“I always welcome visitors,” he said.