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Oklahoma Main Street Center Announces Latest Reinvestment Figures (March 2013)

March 22, 2013

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Figures released from the Oklahoma Main Street Center announce program totals for January and two local community programs hitting private reinvestment milestones.

Shattuck, a Main Street community since 1996, hit the $10 million mark.

"Hitting the milestone in our town means having the additions a Sonic, other new restaurants, and shops, and a complete renovation of the Newman Memorial Hospital," said Tena Nix, Shattuck Main Street program manager.  "It means we've been able to restore and revitalize the period architecture and enhance the overall gentrification of the town. Due to the energy boom in Ellis County, Shattuck is growing to meet the future. We are looking forward to our next 10 million with new projects in the works, more restaurants, doctor offices, expansion of the high school, and more."

Kendall-Whittier, a Main Street member since 2010, is one of Oklahoma Main Street urban areas.  Kendall-Whittier reached the $70 million milestone.

"Kendall-Whittier has slowly and organically been reinventing itself as one of the main creative hubs of Tulsa," said Ed Sharrer, Kendall-Whittier Main Street executive director. "Artists, photographers, writers, dancers, architects, inventors — anyone who creates something — have been moving into Kendall Whittier and building creative energy that feeds the entire district. Kendall Whittier Main Street is appreciative of the continued investments by neighborhood stakeholders such as the George Kaiser Family Foundation, The University of Tulsa, and the Circle Cinema Foundation, as well as dozens of property owners working toward a brighter future for the district."
Information gathered for January from the 38 active Main Street Communities including three urban areas includes:

  • More than $23 million in both private and public reinvestment
  • Nearly 20 building façade renovations
  • More than 3,140 volunteer hours
  • More than 180 jobs
  • More than 20 business openings, relocations or expansions

Cumulative numbers for the entire statewide program since 1985 include:

  • More than $1 billion in both private and public reinvestment
  • More than 4,100 façade rehabilitations
  • More than 1 million volunteer hours
  • More than 14,500 jobs
  • More than 4,600 business openings, relocations or expansions

The Oklahoma Main Street Center is one of 42 state coordinating programs around the nation.  Under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Streets across the nation, operate off of the Main Street Four Point Approach™ including Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring. 

For more information on the Main Street Program call 405-815-6552 or log onto www.OKcommerce.gov/main-street.

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