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UPDATED: Linton accepted into Indiana Main Street Program

Friday, November 1, 2013

The City of Linton has officially become a part of the Indiana Main Street Program.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann issued a press release Friday announcing the acceptance of the City of Linton through the Rediscover Downtown Linton group.

"Developing a strong business climate in our downtowns is crucial for community development," Ellspermann said in the news release. "I'm pleased to welcome Linton to the Indiana Main Street Program. The group is building partnerships with other organizations, the City of Linton, and the downtown business and building owners to encourage the revitalization of the downtown area."

Linton Mayor John Wilkes said becoming a member of the program will mean moving forward in Linton.

Wilkes stressed while the program will assist with getting possible grants in the future, the biggest reason is to get the community involved in taking pride in our downtown area.

"It's getting the business people and the people in the community involved in the downtown ... It can open up doors for grants and things. It's mostly to get the people involved and get the backing of the state on different projects," Wilkes said Friday afternoon.

Linton began working on becoming an official Indiana Main Street about a year ago, and have over the course of the year gathered community support and formed the four committees needed -- including organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring.

Rediscover Downtown Linton is currently working as a part of the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce until it can become a non-profit 501c3 organization.

Wilkes said Rediscover Downtown Linton began recruiting members of the community during this year's Taste of Linton event.

The committee and sub-committees have had a lot of local participation, and Wilkes said it is encouraging to see how many people are interested in the upkeep of the city.

"It's very encouraging to me to see the number of people attending the meetings and to hear the ideas," Wilkes said.

He noted one recent successful event that was a product of the Rediscover Downtown Linton group was the bigger and better Linton Fall Arts Festival.

Wilkes said the community is encouraged to attend the monthly meetings, which are hosted the second Tuesday of the month in Linton City Hall. Those interested can call City Hall at 847-7754 to get the time for the evening meeting.

"I think there are going to be a lot of things happen in Linton," Wilkes said.

Linton is among 115 Indiana Main Street communities across the state. The program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

Indiana Main Street Program Manager Shae Kmicikewycz added in the press release, "We are glad to have Rediscover Downtown Linton as part of the Indiana Main Street family. The members of the community and City of Linton are very supportive of the organization's revitalization efforts and understand the importance of a thriving downtown. We are proud of Linton and welcome them to the Indiana Main Street Program."

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