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Main Street Program Launches in Idaho

Old Town PocatelloPreservation Idaho is pleased to share the following Press Release issued from the Idaho Department of Commerce yesterday. The Main Street effort has been sustained for the last three years through a monthly phone call coordinated by Preservation Idaho and the Boise Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which culminated in representatives meeting with the Idaho Department of Commerce to share their vision. The meeting generated a lot of excitement and interest and was the spring board for several more conversations that lead to this monumental announcement. Preservation Idaho will continue to champion the Main Street program to enhance and revitalize historic business districts across Idaho by assisting interested communities and the Dept of Commerce in their efforts.


Main Street Program Launches Throughout Idaho

National program will serve as a model for balancing economic revitalization and historic preservation in communities throughout the state

Idaho Department of CommerceBOISE, Idaho—June 18, 2012—Today, Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeffery Sayer announced that Idaho will adopt the Main Street Program, a successful program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as an economic development tool to encourage revitalization in historic business districts throughout the state.

The Main Street program is active throughout the United States and in several larger communities in Idaho, including Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Lewiston and Sandpoint. Adoption by the Idaho Department of Commerce will enable the program to support existing communities and expand to support smaller, rural communities that may not have the resources to implement the program on their own.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Idaho to implement a program that has generated more than $51 billion in new investment and created hundreds of thousands of jobs in commercial districts throughout the country,” said Jeffery Sayer. “Many of Idaho’s communities have historical assets in their downtown corridors, and the Main Street Program will enable us to leverage these resources to attract new businesses, while at the same time respecting the history of the buildings that currently occupy these districts. Main Street will enable us to bring new life to these districts, rehabilitate important facilities, and simultaneously meet Governor Otter’s goal of achieving Project 60.”

As a Main Street Coordinating Program, the Idaho Department of Commerce with its partner agencies – including Preservation Idaho, Idaho Rural Partnership, and Idaho universities – will provide participating local Main Street organizations with the training, tools, information and networking they need to be successful.

Gloria Mabbutt, a 33-year veteran of the Idaho Department of Commerce, has been named Interim Executive Director for Idaho’s Main Street Program. Ms. Mabbutt will coordinate the designation and national accreditation of local Main Street programs and will provide the important hands-on support that is necessary for these programs to succeed.

For additional information about Idaho’s Main Street program, contact Ms. Mabbutt at 208-334-2470 or Gloria.Mabbutt@commerce.idaho.gov.

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