The Michigan Main Street program is now accepting applications from communities for their 2012 Associate Level trainings.
The Michigan program is administered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and is one of 43 state coordinating agencies across the country serving over 2200 participating municipalities. The Associate Level is the first step in a three-tier training program in the fundamentals of downtown revitalization. Currently, Michigan has 16 communities at the Selected and Master Levels of the program and 21 at the Associate Level.
Associate level trainings are held four times per year locations throughout the state. The program is FREE; however, applicants to the Associate Level must commit to sending individuals to all scheduled trainings and to complete two reports annually on local efforts to raise awareness of the programs.
The MML is proud to support the Michigan Main Street Program which has become one of the premier Main Street Programs in the country. In 2011, two of the top ten communities nominated for the national Great American Main Street Award were Michigan Main Street communities. Participating communities have shown real, measurable progress in business and job growth, as well as in preservation and community engagement.
The application process is open to any Michigan community that would like to learn more about the benefits of the Main Street approach. For more information on how to apply, visit the Michigan Main Street website or contact Laura Krizov, Michigan Main Street Program Manager at 517-241-4237 or by email at krizovl@Michigan.gov
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.