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‘MAIN STREET’: Col. City working toward designation

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Main Street in Columbia City could soon be considered more than just the stretch of Ind. 9 that goes through the community.

City officials are working with state leaders at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to achieve Indiana Main Street designation for Columbia City.

According to OCRA’s website, Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities.

It allows cities and towns that are members to apply for grants and special funding, according to Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker.

Walker recently attended a conference in Carmel entitled “Love Your Downtown,” that featured several ideas to help with this goal.

“There are so many different ideas,” he said. “We were encouraged to take them from other communities, and have them fit our community. That was the premise of the program (in Carmel.)”

Leaders hope Columbia City can achive the designation by the end of the year.

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