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Downtown Brazil meeting set Jan. 13

Monday, November 29, 2004

Mayor Tom Arthur is organizing a group of concerned citizens who want to see downtown Brazil developed.

On Nov. 8 community leaders were invited to a meeting with Indiana Main Street Director Mark McConaghy and Assistant Director Jenelle Collins at Riddell National Bank's community room.

A sign-up sheet was passed and the mayor has scheduled a follow-up, organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, also in the Riddell National Bank community room.

Main Street is a national program, sponsored in Indiana by the Indiana Department of Commerce.

Since 1986, Main Street communities achieved:

- More than $1 billion in public and private investment

- More than 10,000 new jobs

- More than 1,250 new businesses

- More than 2,600 facade and building rehabilitations

For every $1 spent to operate a Main Street program, on average, $40.35 has been reinvested in the community.

It costs nothing for a community to sign up for the program. However, there is organization expense. Those costs are usually paid by public (government) funds, the downtown business members and fund-raising events.

"Eighteen hundred communities in 43 states have developed the Main Street approach," McConaghy said.

The Main Street program is a four-point approach:

- Economic restructuring (helping building owners find tenants and market buildings, for example).

- Attention to building design

- Organization of a downtown group and

- Promoting the downtown -- "working with businesses to bring people downtown," explained Mc-Conaghy.

For more information about the Jan. 13 meeting, call the mayor's office, 443-2221.

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