Main Street Newsletter - November

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A monthly publication from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs

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Register to attend the final Main Street Community Exchange of the year

Hosted by Main Street Pendleton, the focus for this workshop is historic preservation. Learn about Pendleton's historic district and how it interacts with Main Street. You will also hear how the community dealt with the aftermath of a tornado that struck the historic district on Memorial Day, 2019. Finally, learn some tips on being prepared for a disaster before it hits. You also don't want to miss the welcome from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.

The cost is $30 to attend and the fee includes lunch and snacks. Attendance at these workshops meets the annual training requirement for Indiana Main Street organizations.

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Shop Small

Small Business Saturday is right around the corner

Small Business Saturday is more than a day to shop. It’s a nationwide movement that shines a spotlight on the importance of supporting small businesses in communities across America, and Main Streeters are some of its biggest and best champions.

American Express founded Small Business Saturday in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. According to the 2017 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on November 30. Over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since it began in 2010 — that's $103 billion over nine days alone.

Get out and shop or dine at a local small business, invite friends to shop with you, find a new spot online, or share on your social networks where you #ShopSmall.

Two years of free service

Shop Loyal is offering two years of free service to businesses who sign up before Shop Small Saturday. Interested communities can reach out to for more information.

Best of Indiana

Congratulations to Franklin for winning Best of Indiana!

On November 4, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) announced the winners for the 2019 Best of Indiana people's choice campaign.

The winners are:

  • Best Brewery: Bad Dad Brewing Co. – Fairmount, Grant County
  • Best Hiking Trail: The Ladders Trail (Trail 3) at Turkey Run State Park – Parke County
  • Best Main Street: Franklin – Johnson County
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Best of Indiana – Main Streets

IOTD enlisted the help of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which oversees Indiana’s Main Street program, to select a list of towns and cities offering the ideal Main Street destinations. All of the top 10 are part of OCRA’s Main Street program. Voters selected Franklin in Johnson County as having the best Main Street in Indiana. Franklin has made significant changes to its downtown over the past few years. Officials said this has brought numerous new businesses to the downtown area, including restaurants and shops. Franklin is considered a walkable downtown that results in more activities and festivals on the square. Victorian mansions line King and Jefferson streets, giving it that quaint hometown feel.

Located along the Ohio River, Madison in Jefferson County was voted number two in the main street voting. Madison is known for its historic buildings, rich history, unique businesses and shops, and its beautiful scenery, parks, and recreational activities. Madison’s Main Street program was one of the first nationally accredited main street programs in the country.  

Downtown Angola rounds the list at number three. The main feature of its downtown is the New England style public square with the Soldiers’ Monument at its center. Angola has also invested heavily in quality of place initiatives, like their Art Alley, Brohaw theater renovation and large events, like Cruise to the Monument car show. Business are also flocking downtown with 11 joining last year, to bring the total to 141.

Click here to view the full press release. 

Madison Best of Indiana

Madison Main Street board member Valecia Crisafulli and Madison Mayor Bob Courtney accepting their Best of Indiana Main Street certificate.

Important Dates

Thursday, December 5 − Stellar Designee announced

Friday, December 6 − Main Street Exchange - Pendleton

Friday, December 6 − Deadline to apply for a Destination Development Grant

Monday, January 13 − Quick Impact Placebased (QuIP) Grant applications open

View our full calendar.

Looking for 2020 community exchange hosts

Are you interesting in hosting a Main Street Community Exchange in 2020? If you are interested, complete this short survey by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Please contact Jackie Swihart to discuss further or ask any questions.


Get to know Lisa!

On Oct. 21, 2019, Lisa Muench joined the Office of Community and Rural Affairs as the Southwest Community Liaison. The Southwest region covers the following counties: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Harrison, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Pike, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick.

Contact her to schedule a meeting at (317) 504-6965 or

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Want TODAY to visit your Main Street?

Calling all Indiana Main Streets: TODAY wants you to tell them about the Main Street in your town and why you love to there, with the hope the show may stop by. Complete this online form for a chance to have them visit! We hope one of our Indiana Main Streets will be chosen.

Apply for the IDEM recycle grant program

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management announced the availability of grant funding for recycling, organics, and household hazardous waste collection from the Community Recycling Grant Program. Eligible candidates may seek grants ranging from $500 to $50,000. Applications are being accepted through December 20, 2019.

Projects requesting funding should focus on education and promotion of recycling, processing of recyclable materials, waste reduction and organics management. Funding will be announced in February 2020. Click here to learn more and apply.

New Façade Grant Program through National Main Street

Main Street America is pleased to announce the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program made possible by a $746,900 grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, as administered by the National Park Service.

The Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program will demonstrate the power of coordinated, small-scale façade improvements on local economies. By reinvigorating the image of 12 downtowns, the program will also aim to attract private investment.

Applications will open to coordinating programs in January 2020 and selections will be announced in March 2020. For more information about the grants and the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, visit this website.

These Main Streets are hiring!

Are you looking to lead a Main Street organization?  The executive director coordinates activities within the downtown and utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. Click the links below to learn more and apply.

Be a part of a national network of Main Streets. Visit or call 312-619-5611 to join Main Street America