Main Street Orion reps meet at Capitol

Mindy Carls
Main Street Orion representatives visited with state officials and state legislators during Main Street Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 26, in Springfield. From left are Gov. Pat Quinn, Main Street Orion president Kevin Roberts, Main Street Orion program manager Lisa Newman and State Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline).

Main Street Orion representatives joined Gov. Pat Quinn at the State Capitol in Springfield for the largest Main Street Day rally ever held.

Representing Orion were president Kevin Roberts and director Lisa Newman.

At the rally on Thursday, March 26, Quinn commended communities for hosting the National

Main Street Conference in Chicago earlier in the month. 

More than 1,600 delegates from across the nation and six countries attended the conference.

Quinn honored four programs that met the requirements for national designation as a Main Street program. They were in Beards­town, Canton, Maren­go and Sterling. 

Moline was welcomed to Illinois Main Street as an associate program.  

State representatives and senators from many of the state’s more than 60 Main Street communities attended the rally and activities during the day.  

Main Street communities showcased their successes with displays and exhibits throughout the Capitol.  

Under Quinn’s leadership, Illinois Main Street has grown to become the fourth largest Main Street program in the nation.  

It represents one of the state’s most effective public-private partnerships for economic development and community renewal. 

Since the program’s inception, Main Street communities in Illinois have reported net gains of more than 1,600 downtown businesses and more than 6,000 new full and part-time jobs.

The program has spurred the reinvestment of more than $575 million in Main Street downtowns.  

Illinois is one of 40 states participating in the National Main Street program, administered through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

For more information about Illinois Main Street, visit www.IllinoisMainStreet.org.