2015-12-29 / Front Page

Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Joins Indiana Main Street Program

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced the designation of Roachdale as the newest member of the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program, which encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.

“We welcome Roachdale to the Indiana Main Street Program,” Ellspermann said. “Our downtowns play a vital role in supporting Hoosier small businesses and enhance the quality of place in our cities and towns. I commend the community for working with one another to ensure our main streets are primed and refreshed for economic growth.”

Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance, located in Putnam County, is an organization committed to local development and community service. They take a market-oriented, business like approach to their work. RRCA aims to develop new markets for local garden produce, local business, natural and sustainable sources of energy, expanded home-grown entertainment and the renewal of their beautiful hometown. Projects include, but are not limited to: Ribs and Blues Fest (music series), the Community Farm and Market, and maintaining flowerbeds as part of their Downtown Beautification initiative.

“We look forward to witnessing the revitalization in Roachdale,” said OCRA Executive

Director Bill Konyha. “I sincerely thank our Indiana Main Street partners who continue to collaborate with one another and OCRA to ensure cities and towns are positioned to grow and thrive in the 21st century.”

The Indiana Main Street Program, administered by OCRA, is founded on a Four Point Approach to downtown development: organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. Roachdale, along with the more than 119 other Indiana Main Street communities work on these four main aspects in order to focus on restoration and revitalization efforts within their communities.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for economic development. For additional information on OCRA and its programs, visit www.ocra.in.gov.

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