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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Interested in becoming a Main Street Community?

The Oklahoma Main Street program is now taking applications for program membership in both the Fully Designated and Associate Program levels.

  • Tech Visits – specialized by point within first two years
  • Resource Team Visits – after the first year using an independent professional along with state staff
  • One-on-one opportunities with independent consultants
  • Two officially designated Main Street highway signs
  • Grant for approved office equipment
  • Community analysis retail report ($500+ value)
  • First three years of National Main Street membership ($350 per year) paid by state coordinating program
  • Access to National Main Street staff
  • Access to Library and other online resources through NMS
  • Access to state and national listservs
  • Reinvestment milestone recognition

Application Process

Associate Program

The two year Associate Program is for communities that need to build capacity toward applying as a Fully Designated Main Street Program. The Associate Program has limited requirements and access to limited Main Street services.

Associate Programs are expected to have paid part-time staff equaling one person for 20 hours a week. Associate members will also operate with a volunteer board of directors, much like Fully Designated Programs.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements for Both Programs

  • Application Workshop
    You must have had representation at the annual application workshop held each September to apply for the following year.
  • Submitted on time
    Application must be submitted by 5:00 PM, January 6, 2018
  • Funding
    Verification of first year funding and initial three year start-up commitment. Applicant understands that the program seeks to set up permanent management for the downtown area. On-going funding and support will be required. Note that a letter from the donor is requested for all donated in-kind services.
  • Organization
    Commitment to establish an organization or the existence of a steering committee is also required.

For assistance contact the Oklahoma Main Street Center at 405-815-6552.

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