Kokomo Selected to Host 2012 Indiana Main Street Conference

Indianapolis, Ind. – Indiana Main Street has selected the City of Kokomo to host the 2012 Indiana Main Street conference.  The annual conference, which will draw community leaders from across the state, will focus on downtown revitalization using the Main Street approach.  Indiana Main Street was established in 1985 to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities.  The Indiana Main Street Program is managed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

“Indiana Main Street’s choice of Kokomo to host its annual conference recognizes our revitalization efforts,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “I’m extremely proud to share our community with Main Street representatives and participants from throughout Indiana.”

Kokomo will host the 1.5 day conference in October 10-11, 2012 and will use several venues downtown, including City Hall and local shops and eateries for educational sessions.

“Congratulations to the City of Kokomo on their selection as this year’s conference host,” said Shae Kmicikewycz, Indiana Main Street Program Manager.  “The city’s application to host reflects careful planning and enthusiasm for the Main Street program, and showcases the positive changes that the city’s focus on downtown development has brought to the area.”

Kokomo’s selection as Indiana Main Street conference host comes on the heels of the city being named the State Chamber of Commerce’s “2011 Community of the Year”.

“The city-led collaboration including County Government, the Alliance and downtown businesses was instrumental in securing this important conference.  We look forward to sharing more details of our continued collaboration downtown with conference participants who will serve as excellent ambassadors for Kokomo,” said Jeb Conrad, President and CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.