City hosts Main Street training

Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, OK), 2014-08-06


Aug. 06 --The city is hosting approximately 40 officials and volunteers from across the state this week as Oklahoma Main Street comes to Bartlesville for the first time to hold a required training.

Hosted by Downtown Bartlesville, Inc. -- the city's Main Street program -- the event is being held through Thursday at First Christian Church located downtown.

According to Chris Wilson , executive director for DBI, managers and volunteers are in town from all over the state.

"We have Oklahoma's four corners represented here this week," he said. "We have people from as far away as Guymon , Altus , Duncan , Idabel and Miami -- as well as several cities in between."

The training this week focuses on non-profit management and is one of the required quarterly trainings that members of Oklahoma Main Street must complete.

"We are covering important aspects of non-profit management including accounting, operations, fund raising, and compliance with the IRS ," Wilson said.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce ' website, which oversees the Main Street Program in the state, the Main Street approach is a community-driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States . The Oklahoma program has adopted the principles of a four-point approach: organizing people to work toward the same goal to revitalize a district, promote the commercial district in the area, design rehabilitation to existing historic structures, and use economic restructuring to strengthen a community's existing economic assets while growing other areas of opportunity.

While no formal tours of the historic downtown Bartlesville area have been planned, Wilson said there is definitely interest in the redevelopment of the city's downtown area and participants of the meeting will have the opportunity to explore the streets.

Meeting participants also held a reception Tuesday night at Copper Restaurant and Bar on the 15th and 16th floors of the Price Tower . Tours of the historic building were also provided.

According to records from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce , 39 communities are members of Oklahoma Main Street . Bartlesville has been a participant since 2010. Two cities, Duncan and Okmulgee , have participated since 1986. The newest member, Frederick, joined the Main Street Program this year.

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