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Illinois Main Street Program




This state-run program is the only one of its kind in Illinois geared towards preservation-based downtown economic development. It was established in 1993 to assist local communities with historic Main Street improvement efforts. Over its lifetime, the nearly 70 participating communities, from Carbondale to Rockford and Danville to Quincy, have benefitted from architectural services and training. The program has generated more than $400 million in downtown reinvestment and created over 4,800 jobs. Recent state budget cuts have eliminated all technical assistance services and the annual statewide conference, while greatly reducing the number of staff. The National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C., which provides unified marketing and development strategies to downtown Main Street programs, has placed the Illinois program on suspension until it can meet national standards.


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Partnership looks forward to revamped Main Street program
St. Charles Republican, July 30, 2010



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