Vevay Main Street earns State grant

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The town of Vevay -through Vevay Main Street, Inc. – is among six Indiana communities receiving money to improve their downtown neighborhoods through a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Downtown Enhancement Grants for economic development initiatives last Thursday, April 7th. The OCRA program, which accepts applications in both the spring and fall, is designed to foster innovative approaches to activities that support and promote community based planning, broad partnerships and beautification.

Vevay Main Street is receiving $10,000.

This project is designed to give Vevay a pleasant appearance and help to attract business investment in the downtown district. To kick off the project, a community cleanup day will take place where business owners and citizens clean up storefronts, windows, sidewalks and streets of the Historical Business district. Following the cleanup, Vevay Main Street will acquire and place benches, self-watering pots, trash receptacles, flowers, flags and banners.

Partners of the Vevay project include Vevay Main Street, Town of Vevay, Vevay Switzerland County Foundation and Switzerland County Tourism.

Other communities receiving the DEG funds include: Aurora, Columbia City, Seymour, Peru, and Veedersburg.

“Indiana’s rural cities and towns are every day developing vibrant main streets that welcome new businesses, visitors, and residents, and the Downtown Enhancement Grant program helps fuel those important efforts,” said Holcomb. “I commend each Spring recipient for their collaborations at the state and local levels. Together, we can ensure our hometowns are thriving as attractive places to live, work, and play.”