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Developing Kansas Main Streets

Scott Sewell directs the Kansas Main Street Program within the Kansas Department of Commerce.  Focused on fostering local initiatives to preserve and promote local downtowns and other community assets, Sewell says that the Main Street Program is an excellent economic development tool.  Initiatives aim to be comprehensive, high-quality, incremental self-help efforts, most often combining both public and private investment.  Kansas Main Street provides technical assistance while community members do the envisioning, planning, and implementation.