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Marshall County Town Joins Main Street Program

Monday, August 01, 2016

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced that the town of Bremen is now part of the Main Street Program.

According to the program’s website, the Indiana Main Street program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to encourage the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas for participating Indiana cities and towns.

The program follows a four-point approach:

  • Organization: To ensure a long-lasting revitalization, the program seeks to build consensus and cooperation throughout the community.
  • Promotion: Reshaping the community perspective of the downtown into one of a hub of activity means marketing the commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, businesses, visitors and local citizens.
  • Design: Long-term planning incorporating the unique personality of each community to create a friendly, attractive place featuring both rehabilitated historic buildings and encouraging supportive new construction that will draw visitors and businesses.
  • Economic Restructuring: Research into local markets and opportunities to determine a market mix that will flourish which involves both strengthening the existing economic base and recruit new businesses to fill the gaps.

“The Main Street designation for the Town of Bremen is a big step towards enhancing the economic vitality of their community,” said Holcomb. “I commend Bremen for undertaking such an important initiative and leveraging OCRA as a partner to help assure their community is one that embraces the historic fabric of the downtown and the economic potential it possesses.”


Indiana Main Street Program

Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs


Jerry Chavez, President

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation