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    January 10, 2019

    Madison Main Street will host a public meeting next Monday, January 14, at the Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main Street, at 6:30 p.m, as part of a two-day transformation workshop to analyze market-driven strategies for Madison’s historic downtown.

    The public meeting, led by National Main Street Center Senior Program Officer Kathy LaPlante, will share results of a recent downtown market survey and engage the public in identifying gaps and opportunities to strengthen the downtown district.

    The workshop is a service provided by the Indiana Main Street Program through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. “Seven Indiana Main Street communities were selected to participate in these workshops,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Our goal is to help communities develop a comprehensive set of market strategies to guide their efforts for the next three to five-years.”

    Victoria Perry, executive director of Madison Main Street, added, “In December, we asked people to respond to a survey about our downtown. This will be a chance to hear the results of the survey, as well as to explore observations and recommendations from an experienced downtown consultant familiar with the needs of rural communities.”

    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, that share a commitment to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Madison was one of the first three original Main Street pilot communities in the United States, participating in a demonstration program begun in 1977. Madison Main Street is designated by Indiana Main Street as a nationally accredited program.

    Doors will open at 6:00 for Monday evening’s meeting. A cash bar and dessert table will be available. For more information, call or e-mail Victoria Perry, 812-274-0195, madisonmainstreetprogram@gmail.com.

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