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Florida Main Street Program Threatened by Budget Cuts
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Florida Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy, downtown revitalization
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The Florida Main Street Program budget is seriously threatened as the legislature is considering the budget for the next fiscal year.  The House budget committee’s proposal slashes Main Street Funding 67%, and the Senate Budget proposal zeroes out funding for the program altogether.  If these funds ($120K) are not reinstated, the ability of the Florida State Main Street Program to function effectively will be severely impacted.  

There are currently 51 Florida Main Street programs which have proven, cost-effective, and comprehensive methodologies of economic development that have been very successful throughout the state. Since 1985 the state has invested approximately $5.6 million in state funds to assist 88 participating communities, yielding total public/private reinvestments exceeding $2 billion as well as creating 9,600 business starts and expansions and more than 15,000 new jobs.  

The Florida statewide preservation organization and the State Main Street program are working together on an overall advocacy strategy to address the proposed budget cuts.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Florida Main Street Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy, downtown revitalization

Posted: April 9, 2009
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