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Workshops and Training Sessions

A variety of workshops and training sessions, including an annual conference, are available to participating communities. All workshops are organized to bring optimal learning opportunities to Main Street staff and volunteers. These events are delivered throughout the state and often include travel-friendly options like tele-video conferencing and regionally based events. Indiana Main Street welcomes suggestions and requests for workshops and training sessions.

Community Exchanges

The Main Street Community Exchanges are designed to bring Main Street communities from across the state to various locations to learn about best practices, new initiatives, and gain insight into other communities unique approach to implementing Main Street. The exchanges feature learning opportunities, lunches, networking, and tours. Each exchange is held on a Friday and is an all day event. 

2019  - Disaster Planning for Main Streets presentation - pdf

2020 - All have been cancelled due to COVID-19

Recorded webinars

Trends in the COVID-19 Recovery That Will Shape Main Street (May 5, 202)
Hosted by Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs at the National Main Street Center

This webinar focused on trends that Main Street programs should be aware of while looking to recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial impact of COVID-19 and new consumer shopping habits will be reviewed as well as guidance provided in how your work under the Main Street Four Point Approach should change. Watch it now.  



Absentee Property Owners 101: This toolkit and webinar outlines potential remedies that Main Street organizations could utilize when facing issues related to dilapidated buildings whose owners lack commitment to maintain their building. Questions covered in this toolkit and webinar include: What actions can Main Street organizations take to remedy absentee property owners? Why does action by the Main Street organization matter? What does code enforcement look like? When should I seek advice of council?

Code Enforcement 101: This toolkit and webinar covers three methods for utilizing code enforcement and also explores the Main Street organization’s role in advocating for stronger code enforcement. Questions covered include: What types of code enforcement exist? How can my Main Street organization hold owners accountable to building and maintenance codes? What if my community doesn’t have code enforcement? What do examples of code look like?

MOU & Contract for Services 101: This toolkit and webinar covers the differences between Memorandums of Understanding and Contracts for Services and how having one or the other might benefit the Main Street program’s relationship with local municipality. Questions covered include: What’s the difference between a MOU and Contract for Services? How would my Main Street organization build a MOU? How can my Main Street organization build a close relationship with local municipality? What should my Main Street organization keep in mind after an MOU or Contract is established with the municipality?

Indiana Main Street - Annual Report

The reporting process gives our office an opportunity to utilize the information collected to conduct a yearly assessment of each local organization. There are two reports, the annual assessment and the return on investment survey.  Attending a community exchange, Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) regional conference, or other certified training by IMS fulfills the other portion of the assessment process.

In addition to the re-certification process, the information and feedback collected from this report provides OCRA with the information needed to develop the most effective strategy for our team to provide your organization with the best technical assistance and programming.  


It’s that time of the year again! Annual reports are a requirement for the Indiana Main Street program to assess the year prior. Currently, we do not have due dates set for annual reporting or shared instructions for how to submit the reports. However, we encourage you to start collecting information in preparation for reporting. Stay tuned for details to come via email from Jackie Swihart, by the end of 2019 or first thing in 2020. 

  • If you want to know what questions to anticipate, click here

If you have questions about completing the report or need other assistance, please contact your Community Liaison, a map can be found on our website.


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