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Kendallville named a PreservINg Main Street finalist

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2021) –Today, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the five community finalists of the PreservINg Main Street Pilot Program. The finalist communities include the towns of Attica, Brookville and Cambridge City, and the cities of Kendallville and Jasper.

In partnership with Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Humanities, PreservINg Main Street is designed to build a sustainable historic preservation ethic while building local capacity and a comprehensive downtown revitalization model.

"Congratulations to these communities on moving forward in this program's selection process," Crouch said. "Programs like PreservINg Main Street are important in helping our rural communities with the promotion of their downtowns and historic preservation."

All five finalist communities will receive an in-person site visit from the selection team this August.

“This was a very competitive program with dozens of communities applying,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “While we saw many great applications, these five communities really stood out. We look forward to continue working with these finalists and visiting the communities in the next steps."

The pilot community selected will be eligible for implementation funds of up to $2 million through OCRA’s Community Development Block Grant program, along with multiple capacity building opportunities through a partnership with Main Street America, Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks.

The selected pilot community will be announced on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

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