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Indiana Main Street - Annual Report

The reporting process gives our office an opportunity to utilize the information collected to conduct a yearly assessment of each local organization. There are two reports, the annual assessment and the return on investment survey.  Attending a community exchange, Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) regional conference, or other certified training by IMS fulfills the other portion of the assessment process.

In addition to the re-certification process, the information and feedback collected from this report provides OCRA with the information needed to develop the most effective strategy for our team to provide your organization with the best technical assistance and programming.   

If you have questions about completing the report or need other assistance, please contact your OCRA Community Liaison. If you are unsure who your Community Liaison is, you can find a map on our website: Community Liaison Map.

2017 Assessment Survey and Return on Investment Survey were sent to Indiana Main Streets in December, 2017.

A variety of workshops and training sessions, including an annual conference, are available to participating communities. All workshops are organized to bring optimal learning opportunities to Main Street staff and volunteers. These events are delivered throughout the state and often include travel-friendly options like tele-video conferencing and regionally based events. Indiana Main Street welcomes suggestions and requests for workshops and training sessions.

2018 Community Exchanges

The Main Street Community Exchanges are designed to bring Main Street communities from across the state to various locations to learn about best practices, new initiatives, and gain insight into other communities unique approach to implementing Main Street. The exchanges feature learning opportunities, lunches, networking, and tours.

Auburn Main Street is hosting the first 2018 IMS community exchange at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $30 per person, which includes breakfast, snack and lunch.

Friday, February 2: Auburn (DeKalb) - Promotion

Friday, May 18: Francesville (Pulaski)

Friday, July 13: Hope (Bartholomew)

Friday, September 28: New Albany (Floyd)

November, November 16:  Frankfort (Clinton)


2017 Community Exchanges

The following Indiana Main Street organizations will hosted an Exchange in their communities:

Friday, June 23: Newburgh (Warrick County) - Promotion

OCRA Presentation on Promotion

Friday, August 25: Cambridge City (Wayne County) - Economic Vitality

OCRA Presentation on Economic Vitality

Friday, September 22: North Liberty (St. Joseph County) - 4 Point Refresh 

OCRA Presentation on Transformational Strategies

Friday, October 20: Jeffersonville (Clark County) - Design

OCRA Presentation on Design

Friday, November 17: Terre Haute (Vigo County) - Organization

OCRA Presentation on Organization