New Program Announced to Improve Downtowns

 

mainstreet_logoThis week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced a new three-tiered program that will prepare more communities for entry into the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program and the economic benefits of utilizing the nationally-recognized program.

MSOC is an unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on “sense of place.” The program helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities.

“Nineteen downtowns are in the Main Street program,” Patterson said at a press conference in downtown Farmington. “My goal is to bring many more communities into the fold as soon as possible. I want all the downtowns to enjoy the benefits we see now in Ferndale, Holly, Oxford and all the Main Street communities.”

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National Main Street Conference Coming to Michigan

This year, the National Main Street Conference is coming to Michigan! For the very first time, the national conference will take place in Detroit, and Oakland County is a participating sponsor and partner.

The conference, sponsored by the National Main Street Center and hosted by Michigan’s Main Street Center and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is expected to bring in over 1,500 downtown development professionals from across the U.S. to Michigan.

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