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Pulaski Pair: Two Towns Join Indiana Main Street

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently added Francesville and Winamac to the Indiana Main Street Program.

The program’s mission is to help revitalize and restore downtown areas of Indiana’s cities and towns. It accomplishes this mission by providing technical and educational opportunities to Main Street designated communities.

Francesville joined the program thanks to the efforts of its local The UpTown Project, which aims to enhance the town’s historic business district and town park. “Francesville has done an excellent job at identifying that sense of place is dependent on many aspects including the business community, the town’s heritage and culture and quality events for the residents to take part in,” said (former) Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

Winamac, which received the Main Street designation less than a week after Francesville, was helped to its new status by the local Wander Our Winamac (WOW) organization, which says its focus is on building a vibrant downtown via four areas: organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. “This designation means a lot to Wander Our Winamac,” the town’s manager, Brad Zellers, said. “With this designation, the organization is looking forward to rebuilding our downtown to attract businesses and bring the business owners together. Winamac is ready to move forward and grow as a community.”

The two towns join over 120 other Indiana communities in the Indiana Main Street Program. For more information, visit:

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs


Nathan P. Origer, Community Development Director

Pulaski County Economic Development