Michigan Main Street Center Accepting Applications for Associate Main Street Program

Aug 14, 2013, 11:51 ET from Michigan State Housing Development Authority

LANSING, Mich., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Main Street Center at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is taking applications for the Associate Main Street program through November 1.

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The Center works with communities large and small, urban and rural, helping them grow into thriving, innovative and creative centers of commerce for both people and businesses. The Associate Main Street program's purpose is to support and improve Michigan downtowns and traditional neighborhood commercial districts by promoting and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach®.

Across the state, there are 40 communities participating in the program, which ties in with Gov. Snyder's placemaking efforts. Studies show that investing in place creates vibrant city centers and downtowns which lead to stronger local, regional and state economies.

Michigan Main Street Associate level services are available to communities by application and include a series of trainings intended to give local residents, businesses and property owners the tools necessary to develop fully-functioning grassroots community development organizations. There is no cost to apply for the program.

Applications for the Associate Main Street program can be found on the Michigan Main Street website at www.michiganmainstreetcenter.org. Applications are due to MSHDA's Lansing office by 4 p.m. Friday, November 1.

For additional details about any of Michigan Main Street Center's programs, contact Laura Krizov at (517) 241-4237 or email krisovl@michigan.gov.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda

SOURCE Michigan State Housing Development Authority