September 5, 2013
(Oklahoma City, Okla.)The Oklahoma Main Street Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will announce information on a new tiered program at the New Town Application Workshop on Tuesday, September 17. The workshop will be held 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 this is a pilot program that will help communities build capacity to becoming a nationally recognized town.
"The tiered program will not be a fully designated Main Street program but a two year associate program to build capacity to do a fully designated Main Street program," said Barnett. "The successful applicant into the program will have access to limited Main Street services, as well as have limited Main Street requirements. The point is to work toward building capacity to build the organization that will lead the community into more successful downtown development."
Barnett added the tiered programs will still be expected to have paid part-time staff equaling one person for 20 hours a week. The tiered program will also operate with a volunteer board of directors, much like the fully recognized programs.
Any community interested in applying to be a part of the Main Street tiered 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 tiered communities as well as the steps involved in applying to the program.
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.