Toward a New Illinois Main Street

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has taken a bold step to reinstate the Illinois Main Street program by entering into a three year contract to provide technical assistance and training to the existing Illinois Main Street communities.

Heritage Consulting Inc. is proud to be a member of the winning consulting team led by our good friend and former deputy state coordinator Diane Williams of Business Districts Inc. The consulting team also includes our friends Charlotte Anderson, Darius Bryjka and Todd Tracy of (IN)ALLIANCE. We began work on April 19, 2011, and have hit the ground running.

We will be seeing all of our old friends and making many new ones at the National Trust Main Street Center conference later this month in Des Moines IA starting on May 20.  We will be attending state coordinator training to brush up and the annual Illinois State Dinner on Monday night during the conference.

The consulting contract is a big step for DCEO and will help the 51 communities to recommit to the Main Street Four Point Approach. ™ Our team of five consultants will provide much needed training and assistance to the IMS communities. We are starting our work with self assessments which will permit us to take the pulse of each program and identify needs and trends among the entire state.

We are so looking forward to working with so many old friends and seeing what has transpired in downtowns statewide since 2002 when I served as State Coordinator.