As part of Indiana’s Downtown Development Week, the City of Auburn and Auburn Main Street hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the culmination of the Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project. Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch attended the ribbon-cutting, along with City of Auburn Mayor Norm Yoder.
Lt. Governor Crouch thanked the city and business leaders for all they were doing to improve the Auburn community, remarking that revitalization brings jobs, raises property values and creates quality places.
“The heartbeat of a community is its downtown, and we all know what revitalization does to a downtown and to a city,” she said. “It’s all about economic development and quality of life. You should be so proud of what you are doing because it is wholly noticed around the state.”
Mayor Yoder recognized the collaboration of several groups, including multiple city departments, Auburn Main Street, the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) for the $500,000 grant that helped fund the project, as well as the James Foundation for their private contribution.
“It takes a of people do to a project like this,” said Mayor Yoder. “We’ve been working toward this for eight years now, and all those who contributed to it are seeing the fruits of their work rewarded today.”
Additionally, the Mayor recognized the contractor, Crosby Excavating, for the way they managed the project, acknowledging how difficult projects can be when you are dealing with the “front door” of a business.
About the Grant
The grant that the City of Auburn was awarded is part of OCRAs Main Street Revitalization Program funded by federal community development block grant dollars. The program helps communities like Auburn revitalize the economy, appearance and image of their downtown commercial districts. Reportedly, for every $1 used to support a local Main Street program, an average of $59 in new investment is leveraged. Learn more about the impact of the Indiana Main Street program by reviewing the infographic below or visit the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Main Street Revitalization Program.