(BROWNSTON) - Area residents are invited to join others from communities along U.S. 50 to learn about how to improve their towns.
Brownstown and Ewing Main Street will serve as host of an Indiana Main Street Community Exchange on July 25 in Brownstown.
The purpose is to encourage economic development, historic preservation and tourism for the 16 counties along Indiana's Historic Pathway on U.S. 50 and State Road 150 by bringing together all resources available to learn more about Indiana Historic Pathway, Indiana Artisans and economic restructuring.
The program's focus includes discussion of filling empty storefronts, incentives for businesses and dealing with brownfields.
Presenters will be Leslie Townsend and Teena Ligman with Indiana's Historic Pathways, Tim Burton of Medora with Indiana Artisans and Shae Kmicikewycz with Indiana Main Street. An optional workshop for county fair boards will be conducted at 1 p. m. at the Jackson County fairgrounds.
The Indiana Historic Pathway provides each county with the opportunity to network with other counties and the state of Indiana to pool resources to encourage tourism.
The Brownstown and Ewing Main Street group is inviting the public as well as representatives from state, county and local resources to help each county and community realize their full tourism potential.
Indiana's Historic Pathway includes the following counties: Clark, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Dubois, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Pike, Ripley and Washington.
Larger towns and cities have amenities that some of the smaller towns can't offer, while smaller towns have many historic and scenic sites and an ambiance that would be of interest to tourists, organizers said.
By working together and "seeing" each other as neighbors in a larger "community," the results will be a much more satisfying experience for everyone, especially visitors, organizers said.
The Indiana Main Street Community Exchange is an opportunity to learn more about available resources and share ideas.
The meeting is open to the public.
Registration is required. The deadline is July 11. Cost is $ 20 which includes a lunch, snacks and all materials.
The meeting will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25 at the historic W.R. Ewing building, 1050 W. Spring St., Brownstown.
To register, contact Linda McCormick at Brownstown and Ewing Main Street via email: bill.linda.mccormick@g mail.com
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