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Indiana Main Street

In 2019, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is evaluating the scope and mandate of its Main Street Program. During this period, OCRA is suspending accepting applications for new Main Street organizations until the evaluation is finalized.


Since 1985, the Indiana Main Street Program (IMS) has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts using the National Main Street Center’s successful Main Street Approach. Main Street is a comprehensive, incremental approach to revitalization built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes. Using local resources and initiative, the state program helps communities develop and provides support for the implementation of their own strategies to stimulate long-term economic growth and pride in the heart of the communities’ downtown or commercial core.  

In 2005, the IMS Program transitioned to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, where it is currently managed. IMS provides access to information, help getting focused, and community support and guidance to individuals and organizations interested in downtown revitalization. It also serves as a general clearinghouse for the latest tools and techniques in downtown development. General information, project development assistance information, and other resource materials are also available. The state program is a partner, but true revitalization success is built squarely on local commitment, initiative and follow-through.

The Indiana Main Street program support of its designated local IMS programs has resulted in significant investment and economic growth from the bottom-up in Main Street districts. Since 1985, Indiana Main Street communities have achieved:

4,740 NET new & expanded businesses 

 29,632 NET full and part time lobs

 $3.5 billion in private reinvestment

 $2.0 billion in public reinvestment

 9,367 building rehabilitation projects

 9142 new housing units

 2,485 public improvement projects


Is your community looking to form a Main Street organization or wanting to learn more about the program? A great place to start is by downloading a copy of our Main Street Program Guide & Handbook. 

2018 Indiana Main Street's Return on Investment


Use this guide to help promote what your Main Street organization is doing in the community along with the IMS infographic above.







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