State announces partnership to strengthen Illinois Main Street
bring preservation expertise, DCEO economic development 'know-how'
to enhance downtown revitalization program
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[May 11, 2011]
SPRINGFIELD -- The
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency have announced a new
partnership, reinforcing the agencies' long-standing relationship,
in support of the Illinois Main Street program.
Under this new partnership, the Office of
Regional Outreach at DCEO will serve as Illinois' state coordinating
program and work with Illinois' 51 local Main Street communities.
DCEO staff will continue to provide organization, promotion and
economic restructuring services to the local Main Street program,
while IHPA will provide design training and support services to the
Illinois Main Street communities. Through the efforts of DCEO and
IHPA, each Illinois Main Street community can draw upon the
significant expertise of both agencies.
Embracing her role as the
ambassador for the program, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said: "I look
forward to representing the Illinois Main Street program as I travel
the state, promoting economic development in support of local
Illinois Main Street is a historic preservation-based economic
development program that applies the comprehensive
Main Street Four-Point Approach to the revitalization of
Illinois' downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Developed
by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street
approach provides the framework for local Main Street efforts in
each of four points: organization, design, promotion and economic
Nationally, Main Street communities and their local programs have
created nearly 915,000 jobs and represent public and private
reinvestment of over $48 billion.
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House Bill 3414, currently pending in the General Assembly,
creates the Illinois Main Street Act. This act formalizes the
existing Illinois Main Street program within DCEO and reinforces the
statewide Main Street effort. The bill recently passed in the House
and awaits Senate approval.
Illinois Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity and
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Illinois Office of
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