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Kansas ending Main Street program

Published on -9/21/2012, 8:14 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Department of Commerce is ending a 27-year-old program that offered smaller communities guidance and funding to revitalize their downtown areas.

Commerce Secretary Pat George announced the discontinuation of the Kansas Main Street program on Thursday, citing the likelihood of smaller state and federal budgets.

The Emporia Gazette reports that Kansas Main Street has 25 member communities. Many cities have their own, independent Main Street programs.

George said the discontinuation of Kansas Main Street is part of a department restructuring that involves merging the Trade Division with the Business and Community Development Division. Other details were not announced, but The Lawrence Journal-World reports that George said 18 positions are affected.

The secretary also said he believes the agency can continue assisting with downtown redevelopment programs through other department programs.

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