Hey, Franklin residents! Come learn about Main Street program

Franklin officials and business owners are exploring the possibility of becoming an accredited Main Street program to help spur downtown economic development. ED RICHTER/STAFF

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Franklin officials and business owners are exploring the possibility of becoming an accredited Main Street program to help spur downtown economic development. ED RICHTER/STAFF

City officials are urging residents to participate in a meeting tonight as part of the process for Franklin to become a Main Street community.

Franklin officials and business owners are exploring the possibility of becoming an accredited Main Street program to help spur downtown economic development.

The meeting with representatives of Heritage Ohio will explain the Main Street program and is scheduled for 6 p.m. today, March 14, in the Franklin Fire Department training room on East Fourth Street.

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The Main Street program helps a local community take a look at its assets as well as its challenges and how it can revitalize a downtown district.

Today’s meeting is part of the two-day Downtown Assessment Resource Team visit that runs through Wednesday. The team of downtown revitalization experts will tour Franklin and meet with community members.

A plan with recommendations for downtown revitalization will then be created and delivered to the community.

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Currently there are about two dozen cities in Ohio, including Middletown and Lebanon, that have been designated as Main Street communities.

Those who cannot attend today’s meeting but would like more information may contact Myra Haney at the Franklin City Building by calling 937-746-9921, ext. 1001.

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