Main Street America; transforms 7 Indiana communities sponsored by OCRA

National Main Street to help transform Indiana downtowns
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 28, 2018) – Seven Indiana Main Street communities will participate in transformation workshops led by National Main Street Center consultants this winter. Angola, Beech Grove, Jasper, Madison, Peru, Terre Haute and Winamac volunteered for this pilot program, sponsored by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
“All seven communities have demonstrated the effective implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Our goal for each Main Street organization is to have a comprehensive plan to guide their efforts for the next three to five years.”
The two day workshops will assist the Indiana Main Street organizations to define community informed and market driven strategies that can direct and strengthen their revitalization efforts.
“We believe these Indiana communities will be able to implement the recommendations and demonstrate a measurable impact to be a case study for other Main Street communities,” said Matt Wagner, Vice President of Revitalization Programs of the National Main Street Center. “Community engagement and enthusiasm will make for a dynamic and successful program!”
The visits will begin with community input and will then be provided with research on market conditions, specific gaps and key opportunities that can strengthen the downtown district. For more information on these workshops, visit www.in.gov/ocra/mainstreet.htm, or the National Main Street Center at www.mainstreet.org/home.

About Main Street America
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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