Venice MainStreet has partnered with the Florida Department of State on a statewide initiative to celebrate the successes of Florida’s Main Street communities and educate the public about the impacts of local, statewide, and national Main Street programs. Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced January 18, 2022 as this year’s Florida Main Street Day. Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet, will be attending the event in Tallahassee, Florida.

Since 2020, the Florida Main Street program has organized Florida Main Street Day to raise awareness of Main Street programs. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Florida Main Street, Orlando Main Streets, and local Main Street communities will be located on the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Florida State Capitol.

“I am thrilled to recognize this year’s Florida Main Street Day,” said Secretary Lee. “Our Main Streets have proven to be vital in protecting and revitalizing our state’s historic downtowns and commercial corridors, and I look forward to their continued success.”

Developed in the late 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street program works to revitalize historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial corridors by encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation. Since 1985, Florida Main Street has worked with more than 100 communities to rejuvenate Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul. Currently, Florida Main Street oversees 54 participating communities, including Venice MainStreet.