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Batavia to host Illinois Main Street directors

Retreat to focus on successes in communities

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:12 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – On Wednesday, Batavia will host 25 regional Illinois Main Street directors, mangers and other state coordinators of the Illinois Main Street Program.

The time spent in Batavia is part of a three-day directors’ retreat to share ideas about the topic “Creative Economy,” and learn about successes in other communities.

“The city is honored to host a visit from visiting Main Street Directors from throughout the state this week," Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said in a press release. “We plan to use the visit as a way of sharing ideas and gain reactions to the marketing strategies we are developing for our downtown."

Highlights of the retreat, Schielke said, will include discussion of Batavia's unique roles in the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, the creation of Flag Day, and America's landing a spacecraft on the moon. 

"Our town's unique connections with the past are truly one of the most memorable historical records found in Illinois," Schielke said.

Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said a city's downtown reflects the diversity of its people.

"Batavia is pleased to welcome our Main Street visitors, not to show how they should try to do it, but to show how we're trying to do it," he said.

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