The Town of Winamac is moving ahead with efforts to become an Indiana Main Street Community. The Main Street program is run by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and aims to help communities revitalize their downtown areas.
Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger told the town council last week that the town had submitted its application earlier this month. Results are expected in the next few weeks.
Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer chairs Winamac’s Economic Restructuring Committee. He told the town council a few projects are being planned as part of the downtown revitalization efforts. “We’re going to work with Small Business Development Center on some small business classes open just to members,” he said. “We’re also going to do some promotional work – I don’t know if we’ll do a meeting on it or what – on potential for using tax abatements in town.”
Origer said efforts will be taken to ensure that any tax abatements lead to measurable results for Winamac, such as job creation or bringing currently unusable buildings back into use.