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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 8, 2015 10:00 AM
From: Representative Robert Freeman
To: All House members
Subject: Main Street
In the near future, I will be reintroducing House Bill 700 of the 2013-2014 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 community’s participation in the Main Street Program.

The Main Street Act was created to provide grants for commercial downtown revitalization efforts, 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 would provide Main Street communities with additional time, which is often vital in fully implementing a revitalization and enhancement strategy for downtown commercial areas.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

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.

Previous co-sponsors: Harper, Gingrich, B. Boyle, K. Boyle, Caltagirone, Carroll, D. Costa, DeLuca, Fabrizio, Fleck, Gibbons, Harahi, Hess, Kortz, Kula, Longiettt, Matzie, Molchany, Murt, O'Brien, O'Neill, Sainato, Samuelson, Santarsiero, Schlossberg, Simmons, Thomas, Vitali, James and Bradford

Introduced as HB659