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New Castle Named As A Finalist For PreservINg Main Street Designation

New Castle Main Street is honored to be one of two finalists for the PreservINg Main Street Program. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced New Castle and Wabash as the finalists for the program.

If selected, New Castle would be eligible for implementation funds of up to $2 million through OCRA’s Community Development Block Grant program. According to OCRA’s news release, there would also be “multiple capacity-building opportunities through a partnership with Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks.”

A selection team made up of OCRA, Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks staff will visit New Castle in September before announcing the PreservINg Main Street designation on Thursday, October 12.

“We’re excited to welcome the selection team to New Castle and share the progress we’ve made as a community working together,” noted Rex Peckinpaugh, New Castle City Council President. “This opportunity would help continue the positive trajectory of New Castle, cultivating our focus on historic preservation and economic vitality.”

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What they’re saying:

“The PreservINg Main Street program has already taken the Main Street communities of Brookville and Kendallville to the next level. It is a great accomplishment to become a finalist in this program, and I wish New Castle and Wabash the best of luck.”
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development
OCRA news release 8/15/23

“New Castle and Wabash both have a great vision for their downtowns and put together strong applications for the PreservINg Main Street program. Congratulations to these communities on becoming finalists!”
OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner
OCRA news release 8/15/23

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