On March 2, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community Affairs (OCRA) announced 14 organizations that were designated as Indiana Main Street Programs or were moved into a new Indiana Main Street Program level. Locally, the Association for a Better Rockport was accepted into OCRA’s Downtown Affiliate Network. This level is one of three levels of the Indiana Main Street Program.

“The Indiana Main Street program allows communities to celebrate what makes them unique and showcase their downtown districts,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch. “I look forward to seeing how each of these 14 communities will utilize this program in the coming months.”

Local program’s performances are evaluated by Indiana Main Street, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify organizations that meet rigorous performance standards.

“Congratulations to these 14 communities on earning an Indiana Main Street designation or advancing to the next level of the program,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “Hoosier Main Street communities gain resources, tools and opportunities from our state program, helping fuel their economic development and enhancing their downtown districts. I am eager to see all they accomplish through their new designations.”