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Business leaders learn more about Main Street program

The Main Street Exploratory Committee of the city’s Economic Development Authority hosted a community meeting today to introduce the idea of Fredericksburg becoming part of the Virginia Main Street program.

 A few dozen business owners turned out to hear Julie Markovitz, the executive director of the Staunton Downtown Development Association talk about how Staunton started its Main Street Program.

The city first explored the idea in March and formed the exploratory committee in May.

Back in March, the EDA endorsed the idea of joining the program as a full member and providing preliminary funding to get it going. The city is already an affiliate member.

Several members of the city’s business community attended the meeting and asked questions of Julie and the six-person exploratory committee. The biggest question was cost – what it would cost business owners and the city to do this.

Read more about the meeting in tomorrow’s FLS.