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.