A handful of historic Minnesota communities just got a boost: the Minnesota Main Street Program is back in business, thanks to $199,658 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Minnesota Main Street is an offshoot of the national Main Street program, a proven economic development program designed to breathe new life into historic downtowns while preserving their treasures. Minnesota Main Street is already helping Brainerd, Faribault, Red Wing and Willmar with training and technical assistance so they can attract new jobs and businesses.
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, one partner in this program, has released 2010 Minnesota Main Street reinvestment statistics.
“It’s helping us focus on priorities that deliver the greatest economic success,” said Lisa Paxton, CEO of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street Program Coordinator, said more communities are interested in joining the revitalization program now that more help is available to them.
"They're more likely to take the plunge when they know there's a support network," Northey said.
This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.