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Indiana Main Street


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 (OCRA) 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:

4,289 NET New & Expanded Businesses

 27,811 NET full and part time Jobs

 $3.3 billion in Private Reinvestment

 $1.8 billion in Public Reinvestment

 8,867 Building Rehabilitation Projects

 7,809 New Housing Units

 1,662 Public Improvement Projects



2017 Indiana Main Street's Return on Investment

Indiana Main Street is the state's coordinating program to the National Main Street Center, Inc.

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