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Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

Bill would increase, but limit access to Main Street Program

HB 2462, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic), would expand, but also limit, eligibility of the state’s Main Street Program. The Main Street Program helps communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial district.

HB 2462 would make eligible a nonprofit organization whose mission centers around economic development. Currently only nonprofits with a mission solely dedicated to downtown or neighborhood revitalization are eligible. However, the bill also places limitations and restrictions on eligibility, namely, programs must be located in rural counties and may not have had a main street program designated within the same county on or before December 31, 2017.

AWC supports legislation that supports the Main Street Program, but we have concerns that this bill limits municipal eligibility. The bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee at 8 am on Wednesday, January 17.