February 9, 2012
Oklahoma Main Street Center Announces 2012 New Town Selection
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today that Seminole, Okla., is the newest addition the Oklahoma Main Street Program for 2012. This brings the total number of participants to 40 throughout the state including three urban areas.
The Oklahoma Main Street Program is a comprehensive revitalization effort that provides communities with tools to improve their historic central and neighborhood business district areas. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce operates the Main Street Program.
“Through a vigorous application and review process, Seminole has demonstrated a level of commitment to helping increase economic development in their area while keeping and revitalizing the historic elements of their town,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center Director. “The community support reflected in Seminole’s application highlights a real energy and deep concern by the citizens to improve and build on investments made over the years.”
As part of the Main Street Program, the newest addition will receive training and technical assistance for preservation-based commercial district revitalization.
“In addition, Seminole will receive leadership training for their program manager and board of directors, as well as training in organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring,” Barnett said.
According to latest figures, Oklahoma Main Street communities have generated more than $849 million in total public and private reinvestment, created more than 13,800 new jobs and helped in the development of 4,400 new or expanded small businesses.
For more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405)815-5271 or visit www.OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.