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Main Street Helena is excited about the new year and while financial troubles set the organization back in the summer of 2011, the board has worked tirelessly to shore up their financial situation. Shortly the organization will begin looking for a staff member and new volunteers to help drive Main Street’s work.

Main Street Helena’s mission is to promote the preservation and economic revitalization of the historic downtown business district. Main Street Helena recently received several grants to be implemented over the coming year. A $39,125 USDA Farmer’s Market Promotion grant and an $8,400 Arkansas Community Foundation grant will be used to increase access to the Farmer’s Market through EBT and debit card equipment, and better marketing materials among other things. A $4,000 Federal Home Loan Bank grant is currently being used to assess several downtown buildings for potential renovation.