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January 29, 2014

Main Street plans festival; council hears funding asks

GREENSBURG – Main Street Greensburg plans to launch a tenderloin festival this summer to raise funds and to bring more residents and visitors to the city’s downtown.

Executive Director Sarah Robinson announced the plans in Monday’s City Council meeting, in which local and regional organizations asked the Council for funds to support their causes. Main Street requested $30,000, the same as in prior years, while the total requests of the nine agencies reached $170,000.

The Council took all requests under advisement and will make decisions in upcoming meetings.

Robinson said she expects the tenderloin festival to include a judged contest with participants from across the state — though plans are still in the early stages. The downtown festival should draw more people into the city’s center to support local business, she said.

Main Street also will co-host a business seminar, “Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer,” on Feb. 21, together with the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center.

Meanwhile, Robinson said other efforts, including the farmers’ market, Movies on the Lawn, the Fisher 5 Mile Big Wheel Race and the Holiday Walk all are scheduled to return this year.

Marc Coplon, executive director of the Greensburg/Decatur County Economic Development Corp., requested from the City Council $60,000, the same as last year. The agency also typically receives $60,000 from the Decatur County Council.

Coplon said economic development, city and county officials have successfully brought new businesses to Decatur County and Greensburg and have supported existing businesses that have reinvested in the community. The combined efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in new investments, new jobs and a better quality of life in the community.

Councilman Glenn Tebbe said that he would like to get an update on the agency’s impact more than once a year, and Coplon said he would be happy to provide the same quarterly updates he gives to county government.

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