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Main Street Education & Training Opportunities

Main Street Education & Training Opportunities

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.

2018 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.

Friday, February 2: Auburn (DeKalb) - Promotion   Agenda

Friday, May 18: Francesville (Pulaski) - Economic Vitality - (Canceled)

Friday, July 13: Hope (Bartholomew) - Historic Preservation 

Friday, September 28: New Albany (Floyd) - Placemaking 

November, November 16: Frankfort (Clinton) - Register   Agenda

Placemaking Workshops

OCRA is sponsoring two-day workshops titled “Placemaking for Main Streets” in six communities across Indiana. These workshops help communities learn how to create and transform a public space into a place where people want to live, work, eat and play. From Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Musicant Group will show communities a systematic and holistic approach combining artful design, readily available materials and simple construction methods to create inexpensive alterations to a public space. These communities will have a temporary public placemaking installation created and built by workshop participants.

  • Day 1 - begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m.
  • Day 2 - begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by Noon.

Continental breakfast will be provided but lunch is on your own. Workshops are held at these locations on the following dates:

  • Lafayette: July 23-24  - Complete
    Training location: Big Four Depot, 200 North 2nd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Bloomington: July 26-27 - Complete
    Training Location: Monroe County Convention Center, Cook Group Room, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47403
  • Angola: September 10-11 Complete
    Training Location: Steuben County Economic Development Corporation, 907 South Wayne Street, Angola, IN 46703
  • Plymouth: September 13-14 Complete
    Training Location: Opie's 114 North Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN 46563
  • Bargersville: October 8-9 Complete
    Training Location: 24 North Main Street, Bargersville, IN 46106
  • Marion/Gas City: October 11-12  Complete
    Training Location: Marion Design Co., 302 South Washington Street, Marion, IN 46952

 If you want to learn more about The Musicant Group, visit their website.

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.   

If you have questions about completing the report or need other assistance, please contact your OCRA Community Liaison. If you are unsure who your Community Liaison is, you can find a map on our website: Community Liaison Map.

2017 Community Exchanges

The following Indiana Main Street organizations will hosted an Exchange in their communities:

Friday, June 23: Newburgh (Warrick County) - Promotion

Friday, August 25: Cambridge City (Wayne County) - Economic Vitality

Friday, September 22: North Liberty (St. Joseph County) - 4 Point Refresh 

Friday, October 20: Jeffersonville (Clark County) - Design

Friday, November 17: Terre Haute (Vigo County) - Organization