Thursday, January 18, 2024
AUBURN, Ind. – Auburn Main Street received a prestigious accreditation Thursday with an announcement from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Auburn Main Street is one of three Indiana Main Street organizations to earn Nationally Accredited Main Street status. Also earning national accreditation status included Angola Main Street and New Castle Main Street.
"We are beyond thrilled that Auburn Main Street has been recognized as a nationally accredited Main Street Community," said Ann Finchum, executive director. "We have always believed that our town is something special to be shared. Our people are the special ingredient making the experiences at our restaurants and our businesses unique.
"Our local parks are continually improving and are incredible. The work that we are doing is ongoing and we will continue to strive to be "all in for all" in our downtown."
Auburn Main Street took part in the accreditation process earlier this summer as its organization was evaluated by representatives from Indiana Main Street and Main Street America.
“Our main street communities are committed to improving quality of life across our state by enhancing our downtown districts,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I am proud to see these three communities recognized on a national level. I am certain this designation will lead to even greater strides in community development.”
The local organization’s roots began in 2009 when a group of concerned citizens met with City of Auburn officials to discuss the need for a coordinated approach to reverse the physical decline of the downtown district which was threatened by the excessive and increasing number of vacant storefronts.
Thus, Auburn Development Advisory Committee was formed and was incorporated in 2011 and earned its 501 ©(3) status in 2013.
In 2021 Auburn Main Street was recognized by National Main Street as an affiliate member. As a Main Street America Affiliate, Auburn Main Street became part of the national network.
Today Auburn’s historic downtown has grown into a vibrant downtown with events, festivals, and activities throughout the year.
“This is very exciting news for not only Auburn Main Street but our city as a whole,” said Mayor Dave Clark. “The city would like to congratulate Executive Director Ann Finchum, the board of directors and the volunteers that make the organization successful.”
To earn National Main Street America status the local program’s performance was evaluated by Indiana Main Street. Auburn Main Street will receive a formal certificate recognizing them as one of the highest achieving Main Street communities in the state. Additionally, they will receive access to MSA and IMS trainings, networking opportunities with other regional and statewide programs, a resource toolbox unique to Auburn’s needs and more.
“It takes a tremendous amount of effort to become a Nationally Accredited Main Street program,” said OCRA Executive Director Duke Bennett. “Congratulations to everyone in these communities. Nationally Accredited Main Streets receive a range of resources that can advance investments, open the door for opportunities and help their downtowns thrive.”
With the three newest accredited members the state currently has 16 National Main Street organizations in the state.
Auburn Main Street’s vision is “to have a vibrant and attractive downtown that is inclusive for all.”
To learn more about the Auburn Main Street organization visit auburnmainstreet.org.