Kansas Department of Commerce Terminates Main Street Program

Statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Washington -- The Kansas Department of Commerce announced yesterday that it was ending Kansas Main Street, a program that for 27 years successfully provided small communities with guidance and funding to revitalize their historic commercial districts. The following is a statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“The loss of the Kansas Main Street program is a huge blow for the ongoing revitalization of Kansas’ historic downtowns. For nearly three decades, it brought economic success to towns throughout the state, helping to generate $557 million in downtown reinvestment, 3,678 new businesses, 8,518 new jobs and producing two Great American Main Street Award winners, Parsons and Emporia.

“Kansas Main Street played a key role in restoring the state historic tax credit in 2010, helping to document its economic impact, which jumpstarted stalled historic rehabilitation projects statewide and paved the way for continued investment in the places that make Kansas special. The unfortunate loss of this valued partner in preservation-based community development will be felt across the country.”

About the Kansas Main Street Program
Kansas Main Street was working with designated local Main Street programs in 25 towns, providing training, technical assistance, advocacy and funding services to support downtown revitalization. It was housed under the Kansas Department of Commerce, which fully funded its operations. The Department of Commerce made the decision to terminate the program as part of an internal restructuring process. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Trust Main Street Center had provided training and technical assistance to Kansas Main Street on a contractual basis.

 

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