Rural Economic Development Conference Summary
Presented by: David Terrell Senior advisor to Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann The State of Indiana is known for intelligent and aggressive economic development. In recent years, under the leadership of the Lt. Governor, the state has fashioned a philosophy and an array of programs designed especially for the small cities and towns of rural Indiana. In eight years Indiana has implemented statewide community and economic development across its rural regions that are unprecedented in the U.S. David Terrell has been at the center of those developments. The following is an overview of some of the programs that he spoke about:
Indiana Main Street Program
Indiana Main Street (IMS) was established to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities. IMS encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district portrays a city's overall image.
Downtown Enhancement Grants
The Downtown Enhancement Grant program is designed to foster innovative approaches to activities, which support and promote community based planning, pre-development, and research initiatives. The goal of these projects is to improve the quality of life and opportunities for increasing private investment and employment in Indiana Main Street (IMS) communities. The Downtown Enhancement Grant priorities are directed by OCRA’s strategic plan and the National Main Street Four Point Approach. Eligible applicants for the Downtown Enhancement Grant are current participating Main Street Programs that have been an active Indiana Main Street community for one year. Partnerships between other entities within the community and the Main Street group are encouraged but the Main Street group must be the lead applicant in order to apply. An active Main Street organization...
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