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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2012 11:49 AM
From: Representative Robert Freeman
To: All House members
Subject: Main Street

In the near future, I will be reintroducing House Bill 295 of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session. This legislation amends the Main Street Act to allow the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to grant an additional period, of up to five years, for administrative costs associated with the hiring of a Main Street Manager, if DCED determines that it is beneficial to the overall success of a project.

The Main Street Act was created to provide grants for commercial downtown enhancement programs, which may include infrastructure improvements, marketing and promoting the established commercial downtown within the Main Street area, leveraging other public and private investment, and addressing social or economic concerns within the Main Street area. Currently, grants for a maximum of five (5) years may be made to support and implement these efforts. Unfortunately, this time period is often too short for a Main Street program to be successful in revitalizing traditional downtowns.

My legislation provides Main Street programs with an appropriate amount of time, which is often vital in preparing and implementing a revitalization and enhancement strategy for downtown commercial areas.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Danielle in my office by e-mail at dbrown@pahouse.net or by telephone at 783-3815.

Introduced as HB700