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"Looking Up Downtown" Featured in Main Street America's Main Spotlight

Interior of the upper story of an historic building needing repair in Winona, MN

Our "Looking Up Downtown" initiative is featured in Main Street America's Main Spotlight! This program focuses on assisting owners of historic rural downtown buildings rehabilitate their second stories and was awarded a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant.

Dr. Heidi Swank, the Executive Director at Rethos, shared that “We’re thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for physical revitalization of buildings in our Main Street communities. Access to capital for rehabilitation is critical for the continued growth of economic development efforts in our historic downtowns and drawing attention to the upper floors of buildings will help communities solve a range of issues, from housing to expanded business space.”

Exterior of 3-story historic building in Winona, MN

The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program is part of the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), an important source of national grant funding for preservation projects as well as essential funding for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Organizations and Certified Local Governments.

Read the full story here.


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