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September 1, 2012

Becoming a ‘Main Street’ community

Pryor, OK — Mayes County Assessor Lisa Melchoir spoke to Pryor Creek  Sertoma club Thursday about the effort to make Pryor a Main Street community.

Melchoir is a member of the local board and serves on the board of the statewide Preservation Oklahoma program. She said, "there are 39 active Main Street communities across Oklahoma." Main Street communities in northeast Oklahoma include Claremore, Miami, Tahlequah and Muskogee.

Melchoir said Main Street is a historic commercial district revitalization strategy. The goal of the program is to bring more money into communities by revitalizing downtown business districts. The progam can result in new investment and new jobs being brought into a Main Street community.

Main Street offers a number of services to communities. Among these are organization assistance, design services, assistance with economic restructuring and assistance in planning promotions.

Other Main Street projects in the area include the Coleman Theater Conference Center/Ballroom in Miami, public murals in Claremore, and ice skating  in the park during the Christmas season in Tahlequah. Melchoir said there are other good examples across the state.

Melchoir said the first item in Pryor's application process is to secure funding commitments from local government and the community. A $60,000 commitment is necessary to apply for the Main Street designation. She added that anyone can help by pledging money or in-kind services, volunteering to serve on a board or on community work projects, providing services or promoting and telling others about Main Street.

Melchoir told the group  Linda Barnett, director of the Oklahoma Main Street Program will be the featured speaker at the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce forum luncheon on Sept. 5. She will have  more information about the program.

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