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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 15, 2023) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced the finalist communities for the PreservINg Main Street Program as New Castle and Wabash.

In partnership with Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Humanities, PreservINg Main Street is designed to build a sustainable historic preservation ethic while building local capacity and a comprehensive downtown revitalization model. 

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

The community selected will be eligible for implementation funds of up to $2 million through OCRA’s Community Development Block Grant program, along with multiple capacity-building opportunities through a partnership with Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks. 

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

The two finalist communities will receive an in-person site visit this September from a selection team made up of OCRA, Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks staff. The community selected for the PreservINg Main Street designation will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.

Visit in.gov/ocra/preserving-main-street/ to learn more. 


Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.

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