Centerville, IN – A group of Centerville business leaders and residents led Centerville to apply for official recognition from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). After forming an official 501(c)3 nonprofit, Main Street Centerville, Inc. several months ago, they are now pursuing their official State Main Street designation.
“We are incredibly pleased to be this far along in the lengthy process,” said Main Street Centerville President, Kyle Turner of Turner Insurance. “The designation will help us further our mission to enrich our town through economic development, redevelopment and beautification initiatives. Indiana Main Street has excellent strategies for improving small towns across the State, some of which we have already put into practice.”
The Main Street Centerville committee has led efforts on community festivals and beautification throughout 2018. More than 30 volunteers have attended monthly meetings & 16 currently serve on committees and focus on four key areas: Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality.
“Main Streets are vital in every community and the more time and effort that goes into improving a Main Street, the more benefits it will produce,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “When leaders decide to work towards an Indiana Main Street designation it means the community is focused on improving their quality of place and revitalizing their downtown. I applaud Centerville for taking the proactive steps and I wish them the best of luck.”
Since 1985, the Indiana Main Street Program (IMS) has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts using the National Main Street Center’s successful Main Street Approach. Main Street is a comprehensive, incremental approach to revitalization built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes.
“The Main Street group put this (application) together and stayed with it through the whole process,” said Centerville Town Council President Dan Wandersee. “This is excellent for our community. I applaud them.”
“Now that they have accomplished this, we can have dialog between the town government and Main Street,” Wandersee continued. “Hopefully, the two can bring things to downtown not only for businesses but for the community as a whole.”
The Indiana Main Street program’s support of its designated local IMS programs has resulted in significant investment and economic growth from the bottom-up in Main Street districts. Since 1985, Indiana Main Street communities have achieved:
- 4,289 NET New & Expanded Businesses
- 27,811 NET full and part time Jobs
- $3.3 billion in Private Reinvestment
- $1.8 billion in Public Reinvestment
- 8,867 Building Rehabilitation Projects
- 7,809 New Housing Units
- 1,662 Public Improvement Projects
The Main Street four-point approach is the most effective economic development tool for downtown revitalization and can help set local groups up for success with grants and fundraising opportunities.
A community-wide celebration will take place along with a Main Street Centerville Community Fest later this year. These festivals, occurring throughout the summer months, are free to the public and bring music, food and other entertainment to the town.
For more information on Main Street Centerville visit MainStreetCenterville.org.
Contact: Kyle Turner