August 19, 2013
(Oklahoma City, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma Main Street Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will be hosting a New Town Application Workshop on Tuesday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the Oklahoma Judicial Center, 2100 N. Lincoln.
Linda Barnett, director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center, said any community interested in applying to be a part of the Main Street program in 2014 is required to send two representatives to the workshop prior to applying. Participants will learn about the Main Street program and the requirements for active communities as well as the steps involved in applying to the program.
“The New Town Application Workshop helps make the process of applying to become an Oklahoma Main Street community easier to understand,” Barnett said.
In addition, attendees will hear from special guest speaker, Darrin Murrell, managing director of Historic Farmland USA, Farmland, Ind. He will share the inspiring story about how the main street program saved this small Indiana town.
“Several of our program managers and members of state staff heard Darrin speak at the Statewide Preservation Conference this summer in Perry, Okla.,” said Barnett. “We were all so impressed with his presentation that we thought it would be wonderful to bring him back so more people could hear the story.”
The event is free and interested participants can register by calling the Oklahoma Main Street Center at 405-815-5379 or 800-879-6552. You can also register by sending an email to Tracey_Cox@OKcommerce.gov.
Since 1985, more than 65 towns have been a part of the Main Street Center family. There are currently 38 active Main Street programs across the state. Pryor became the newest addition in 2013. For more information on the Oklahoma Main Street Center visit www.OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.