indiana_main_streetLt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Thursday announced 15 Indiana Main Street programs are receiving grants through the Taking Care of Main Street program totaling $205,000.  This second round was created to encourage and support advanced programs looking to implement mid-to long-term recovery strategies related to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and services to the public, using the Main Street Approach™, with special attention to organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. In August 2020, 40 Indiana Main Street organizations each received $5,000 through the first round of the program.

Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative/consultant fees, space/equipment rental or staff development and training.

Culver Second Century Main Street Organization was awarded $5,000 to work with the Indiana Destination Development Corp. and Indiana MakeMyMove to research residency data, refine targeted new resident population, evaluate quality of life and perform gap analysis. This analysis would explore recruitment of a future remote workforce and what infrastructure, culture and amenities need to be prioritized to attract remote workers.

Discover Plymouth was awarded $5,000 to fund a business development summer intern for this year. The position will be assigned projects related to economic resiliency and disaster recovery, including market research, performing a SWOT analysis, workshop development and more.