Making sure there are enough workers to keep local businesses operating increasingly involves turning to placemaking efforts. The role of placemaking in workforce development was a topic of discussion during the “Powering Rural” panel at last week’s Pulaski County Economic Development Summit.Continue reading
“Boring,” “empty,” and “old” were three of the words that frequently came to mind when people were asked to think about Downtown Winamac. National Main Street Center Senior Program Officer and Director of Coordinating Program Services Kathy La Plante shared the results of an online survey the center recently conducted, during a public input session Thursday night.
Boosting opportunities for Downtown Winamac is the goal of an upcoming visit from National Main Street Center consultants. Winamac is one of seven Indiana Main Street communities that volunteered to take part in a pilot program sponsored by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Winamac residents can learn more about efforts to revitalize the downtown area and boost the town’s economy. Wander Our Winamac is holding its first meeting of the year tonight. As an officially-recognized Main Street organization, the group focuses on economic vitality and revitalization, urban design and beautification, and events and promotions.
Local communities can apply for state funding to make better gathering spaces. The state’s launching a third round of Place Based Investment Funds.
Main Street organization has taken its first steps in upgrading the downtown area. Wander Our Winamac has purchased 14 new 36-inch planters. They were installed last week, thanks to the help of the Iris-Elm Garden Club and volunteers from Key Bank of Winamac. Continue reading
The Town of Winamac is looking to make better use of space in the downtown area. Town Manager Brad Zellers is considering ways to allow restaurants like One Eyed Jacks and Tippy’s to continue to offer outdoor dining, while making sure the sidewalks are accessible to people with disabilities. Continue reading
The Town of Culver is moving ahead with its efforts to be designated a Main Street Community, but an additional tax may be needed for the town’s revitalization efforts to reach their full potential. The Indiana Main Street program helps communities boost their downtowns, by focusing on historic preservation, economic revitalization, and other areas. The program encourages private investment, but also makes communities eligible for various grants. Continue reading
Two towns in Pulaski County have been added to the list of Indiana Main Street Communities. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
This year’s Spirit of Pulaski County Festival may be combined with the county’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial. Continue reading
Downtown LaPorte is joining more than 100 other communities in the Indiana Main Street Program.
The Indiana Main Street Program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and focuses on four different strategies to promote downtown development: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. All aspects are vital in restoration efforts of the community.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann recently made the announcement of this development and the program manager for Indiana Main Street stressed that the members of the LaPorte community are supportive of the organization’s revitalization efforts.