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New Organization formed to help revitalize downtown Salem

The Heart of Salem was recently welcomed into the Indiana Main Street (IMS) organization, which is a group of more than 100 communities dedicated to the revitalization of their downtown areas.

“Viable downtowns are crucial to the economic health of our state,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “By joining Indiana Main Street, Salem has taken an important step to developing a thriving downtown.”

IMS was established to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities. The program encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district portrays a city’s overall image.

“We look forward to continuing alongside the residents of the City of Salem,” said Shae Kmicikewyez, program manager for Indiana Main Street. “By forming the Heart of Salem, the community is showing they understand the importance of a thriving downtown.”

The IMS is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

The Heart of Salem is overseen by a board, which includes Chairperson Carol Brough, Secretary Joy Bierly, Treasurer Pat Persinger, and members David Bower, Denise Newkirk, Cindy Walton and Ronnie Voyles.

Brough said the group would like to thank Ryan Bower and Tonya Dustin for volunteering their time and services to The Heart of Salem.

The group is looking for volunteers for the following committees: the Organization Committee, the Design Committee, the Promotion Committee and the Economic Restructuring Committee.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering their time to this group may call the mayor’s office at 883-4265.